500-Year-Old Hidden Images Revealed in Mexican ‘Manuscript’

Storytelling images on a deer-hide “manuscript” from Mexico have been seen for the first time in 500 years, thanks to sophisticated scanning technology that penetrated layers of chalk and plaster. This “codex,” a type of book-like text, originated in the part of Mexico that is now Oaxaca, and is one of only 20 surviving codices that were made in the Americas prior to the arrival of Europeans. The codex’s rigid deerskin pages were painted white and appeared blank, but those seemingly empty pages came to reveal dozens of colorful figures…

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