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Uranium-series dating rock art in East Timor

Aubert, Maxime; O'Connor, Susan; McCulloch, Malcolm; Mortimer, Graham; Watchman, Alan; Richer-LaFleche, M

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At many sites throughout the world rock art paintings have been covered by naturally deposited calcite laminations, which we demonstrate can be individually dated by recently improved uranium-series methods. Here we report the application of multi-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry to measure the ages for carbonate coatings that bracket red pigment at Lene Hara cave, East Timor, which could be evidence of human painting. These analyses establish the feasibility of dating...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/28395
Source: Journal of Archaeological Science
DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2006.09.017

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