Photo: Ancient Maya Used "Glitter" Paint to Make Temple Gleam



A man walks through a replica of the Rosalila Temple at the Museum of the Mayan Ruins in Copán, Honduras, on July 13, 2001.

A new study of paint flakes taken from masks on the temple's exterior found that the Maya used mica to make the temple's colorful paint glimmer in the sun.

(AP Photo/Esteban Felix)


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