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Oldest Lipstick Discovered in a Small Bronze Age Vial

A small vial of red cosmetic preparation was found among numerous looted and recovered artifacts in the Jiroft region of Kerman province, southeast Iran. It contains a dark red preparation that is likely a lipstick or lip paste. Analysis identified the mineral components of the reddish substance as hematite, darkened with manganite and braunite, and […]

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Early Paleolithic humans ate roasted tortoises, among other things

Recent archaeological discoveries are providing new insights into what early humans ate thousands of years ago. Scientists have found evidence that Middle Paleolithic humans, who lived between 81,000-45,000 years ago, had a more varied diet than previously thought. Analysis of a site in the Zagros Mountains of Iran reveals they hunted not just large grazing […]