Lipstick that has been around for at least five thousand years

This deep crimson lip-paint in a stone vial was uncovered at an old graveyard site in 2001, but researchers only now identified it.

An international team of scientists believe it was applied with a brush, unlike current lipsticks.

The discovery illuminates "public images of female allure" in the fast-changing Bronze Age, scientists say.

Professor Massimo Vidale of the University of Padua in Italy, who analyzed it, told

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BBC News he likes to see it worn by "the elite societies of 5,000 years ago" ladies.

A third millennium BC graveyard along the Halil River in Kerman Province,

south-eastern Iran, yielded the cosmetic paste vial.

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