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In Israel, a 3,000-Year-Old Purple Factory

Archaeologists have revealed a major production site for one of history’s most luxurious, and smelliest, colorants. The most prized pigment of antiquity was processed not from a tangle of root or the frothy extract of a weed, but by drawing out a slimy secretion from the mucus glands behind the anus …

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