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Ancient Maya Used "Glitter" Paint to Make Temple Gleam
for National Geographic News
The ancient Maya painted some of their ornate temples with mica to make them sparkle in the sun, a new study suggests.
Scientists discovered traces of the shiny mineral while analyzing flakes of paint taken from the Rosalila temple in Copán, Honduras.
The covering of sparkling paint likely gave the sacred site a dazzling appearance, said the study's lead author, Rosemary Goodall, a doctoral student in physical sciences at Australia's Queensland University of Technology.
"The mica pigment would have had a lustrous effect," Goodall said.