VESTNIK ARHEOLOGII ANTROPOLOGII I ETNOGRAFII   3 (34)  (2016)

rchaeology

 

Elemental analysis of archaeological ochre: method and possibilities of X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy

(based on materials of Neolithic and Aeneolithic sites of the Middle Trans-Urals and Western Siberia)

Iudina E.A., Tonkushina M.O., Kulesh N.A., Ostroushko A.A. (Ekaterinburg, Russian Federation)

 

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 The article is dedicated to methodological aspects of the elemental analysis (X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy) of a natural mineral pigment ochre. We chose oxide ochre obtained from the Neolithic and Aeneolithic sites of the taiga zone of Western Siberia and the Middle Urals (the end of VI III millennium BC) as a source base. The questions of selection and preparation of archaeological samples, and of interpretive capabilities of the chosen approach are discussed in the article.

Key words: oxide ochre, natural mineral pigments, Neolithic Age, Aeneolithic Age, Western Siberia, Middle Trans-Urals, elemental analysis, XRF spectroscopy.

 

DOI: 10.20874/2071-0437-2016-34-3-021-034

 

19.09.2016

 

E.A. Iudina

Ural Federal University, Lenina prospect, 51, Ekaterinburg, 620083, Russian Federation

E-mail: kveten@gmail.com

 

M.O. Tonkushina

Ural Federal University, Kuibysheva st., 48, Ekaterinburg, 620026, Russian Federation,

E-mail: rita-zar@yandex.ru

 

N.A. Kulesh

Ural Federal University, Kuibysheva st., 48, Ekaterinburg, 620026, Russian Federation,

E-mail: nikita.kulesh@urfu.ru

 

A.A. Ostroushko

Ural Federal University, Kuibysheva st., 48, Ekaterinburg, 620026, Russian Federation,

E-mail: alexander.ostroushko@urfu.ru