Analysis of rock art painting and technology of Palaeolithic painters

@article{Chalmin2003AnalysisOR,
  title={Analysis of rock art painting and technology of Palaeolithic painters},
  author={Emilie Chalmin and Michel Menu and Colette Vignaud},
  journal={Measurement Science and Technology},
  year={2003},
  volume={14},
  pages={1590 - 1597}
}
Archaeologists have attempted the interpretation of rock art, but have often disregarded the technical aspects of paints. Analysing paint samples for preparation techniques and studying the various compounds used, allows us to determine the technology of early painters. Palaeolithic artists used two main colours: red (iron oxide: natural hematite or heated goethite) and black (charcoal or manganese oxides). These pigments could be prepared in different ways (grinding, mixing with extender and… 

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