New Study Reveals Source of Purple Spots On Vatican Scroll

New Study Reveals Source of Purple Spots On Vatican Scroll

Scientists have pinpointed the reason why there are purple spots on a famous Vatican Secret Archives manuscript.

Those familiar with Vatican history may recognize the name Laurentius Loricatus — some 800 years ago, he was a teenaged soldier who had killed another man by accident, then spent the next 34 years in an Italian cave as penance for what he had done. This penance, as noted by Live Science, included using a hot iron to burn his face, and wearing a hooked chain-mail shirt. And while his story was documented on a 16-foot-long piece of parchment now found in the Vatican Secret Archives in Vatican City, several parts of that document have since been covered by purple splotches.

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