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Analytical examination of animal remains from Borneo: The painting of bone and shell

Pyatt, F B; Barker, Graeme William; Rabett, R J; Szabo, Katherine; Wilson, B


Examination of a selection of shell and bone from archaeological assemblages excavated at Niah Cave and Gua Sireh, both of which are located in Sarawak, Borneo, has revealed the deliberate application of coloured material to one or more surfaces. Small fragments of the surface colourant were analysed using a variety of techniques, including microscopy, energy dispersive microwave analysis and infra-red spectrophotometry. These procedures established that, although red in colour, the applied...[Show more]

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Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Archaeological Science
DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2010.02.006


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