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Wicked Blue

(5,826 posts)
Fri Jan 29, 2021, 01:40 PM Jan 2021

Israeli archaeologists find 'Biblical royal purple dye'

A purple dye dating back to the purported reign of the Biblical King David has been identified on a piece of fabric by Israeli archaeologists.

The dye is said to have been more valuable than gold and was associated with royalty.

It is the first time textile from that period with the colour has been found in the region.


The fragment was unearthed during excavations at a site in Timna, about 220km (137 miles) south of Jerusalem.
Excavation at Timna.


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(38,601 posts)
1. The romans made theirs from the murex sea snail
Fri Jan 29, 2021, 01:51 PM
Jan 2021

One snail gave one drop of dye. Thus: pricey.

You could find the snails by observing people we who lived near the ocean. If they had purple-stained mouths, the snails were there.

They’d dry the snails in the sun on huge racks — downwind.


(3,567 posts)
5. IDK about your spiel but I believe ancient Semitic-speaking Phoenicia used Tyrian before the Romans.
Fri Jan 29, 2021, 04:03 PM
Jan 2021

Reading about it and actually seeing it are two different things.

Actually being able to smell ancient incense that were reverse engineered using tools like nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy is equally impressive.

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