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… and leave a beautiful corpse

13 January 2013

Death is no excuse for not looking your best:

Death didn’t mean the end of beauty for pre-Hispanic civilisations, as the ancient Teotihuacans exhumed their dead and painted them with cosmetics in periodic remembrance rituals, a new study claims.

Researchers analysed for the first time remains of cosmetics in the graves of pre-Hispanic civilisations in what is now Mexico on the American continent.

In the case of the Teotihuacans, these cosmetics were used as part of the after-death ritual to honour their city’s most important people.

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