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Characterisation of ochre pigments from Jawoyn rock art paintings of Arnhem Land using infrared microscopy

Project Member(s): Stuart, B., Thomas, P.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Synchrotron Research Program (Australian Synchrotron Beamline)

Start year: 2014

Summary: Spectacular rock art sites of the Jawoyn people have been recently rediscovered in Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. The sites provide an insight into Jawoyn culture and are currently being documented by an international team of archaeologists and scientists. This project involves the characterisation of the ochre based paints used in the works of multiple generations found at one of the Jawoyn sites. Synchrotron infrared microscopy will provide valuable data regarding the composition of the pigments already collected.


Stuart, BH & Thomas, PS 2017, 'Pigment characterisation in Australian rock art: A review of modern instrumental methods of analysis', Heritage Science, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 1-6.
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Hunt, A, Thomas, P, James, D, David, B, Geneste, J-M, Delannoy, J-J & Stuart, B 2016, 'The characterisation of pigments used in X-ray rock art at Dalakngalarr 1, central-western Arnhem Land', MICROCHEMICAL JOURNAL, vol. 126, pp. 524-529.
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FOR Codes: Conserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage, Archaeological Science, Chemical Characterisation of Materials