Oxygen-isotope ratios in quartz as indicators of the provenance of archaeological ochres

M. A. Smith, S. Pell

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Abstract

The oxygen-isotope ratios of fine-grained quartz extracted from ochre samples can provide an indicator of ochre provenance. A pilot study on a small series of red ochres from central Australia shows that ochres from different geological provinces can be distinguished using this technique. Oxygen-isotope ratios of fine-grained quartz could be used in conjunction with other geochemical methods either to verify the regional provenance of an ochre or to screen a collection for material of exotic origin.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)773-778
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Archaeological Science
Volume24
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1997
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Central Australia
  • Oxygen-Isotope ratios
  • Provenance
  • Red Ochre

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