Characterisation of Ochre Sources in South Australia by Neutron Activation Analysis (NAA)

Rachel S. Popelka-Filcoff, Claire E. Lenehan, Keryn Walshe, John W. Bennett, Attila Stopic, Philip Jones, Allan Pring, Jamie S. Quinton, Andrew Durham

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    This paper summarises the recent characterisation of several South Australian ochre sources by neutron activation analysis NAA). NAA provides trace and major elemental composition for the samples, and through subsequent multivariate analyses allows conclusions based on the original geochemistry of the sources to be made. 65 samples from 13 sources in South Australia were analysed. Elements important in distinguishing between sources were identified and further studies for characterisation of South Australian ochre have been outlined. .

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)81-90
    Number of pages10
    JournalJournal of the Anthropological Society of South Australia
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012

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