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July 2002

Delve deeper into hot topics featured in July’s Geographica articles with help from our all-new Resources. Click on a link, pick up a periodical, browse through a book, and explore! Find the full story in this month’s issue of National Geographic.
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Maya Paint: Made to Last

Lori Polette of the University of Texas at El Paso has solved the ancient mystery of how the blue color found in Maya art has remained so bright. Maya artists heated the clay-and-indigo-based blue paint, fusing the two ingredients into a durable, environmentally benign pigment. This process has attracted the interest of modern paint makers.

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Maya Blue
Read about the chemical composition of Maya paint, detailed by Lori Polette and Russell Chianelli of the University of Texas at El Paso.

Bonampak Murals
Take a virtual tour of Bonampak, Mexico, the site that inspired the search for ancient Maya pigments.

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Miller, Mary. “Maya Masterpiece Revealed at Bonampak.” National Geographic (February 1995), 50-69.

Polette, Lori. “Unlocking Secrets of an Ancient Paint.” Discovering Archaeology (August 2000), 46.

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