Pigment composition of prehistoric pictographs of Gatecliff Shelter, central Nevada. American Museum novitates ; no. 2521

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dc.contributor.author Koski, Randolph A. en_US
dc.contributor.author McKee, Edwin H. en_US
dc.contributor.author Thomas, David Hurst. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2005-10-06T16:35:50Z
dc.date.available 2005-10-06T16:35:50Z
dc.date.issued 1973 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2246/2727
dc.description 9 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 9). en_US
dc.description.abstract "X-ray diffraction and electron microprobe analysis reveals the minerals used as base and pigments in prehistoric paints from Gatecliff Shelter, an archeological site in central Nevada. Goethite, hematite, and lepidocrocite were mixed in varying proportions to obtain red, orange, and yellow paint. The combination of aragonite, gypsum, and halotrichite-pickeringite (an alum) formed both the white paint and also the base used to bind the other colors. This mineral assemblage is probably from a local hot-spring deposit. Not only is the paint composition a potential indicator of prehistoric interaction networks and an aid for rock-art classification, but pictograph paint may even prove significant as a cultural and/or temporal index in certain regions"--P. [1]. en_US
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dc.language eng en_US
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher New York, N.Y. : American Museum of Natural History en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries American Museum novitates ; no. 2521 en_US
dc.subject.lcc QL1 .A436 no.2521, 1973 en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Picture-writing, Indian. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Rock paintings -- Nevada -- Toquima Range. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Indian art -- Nevada -- Toquima Range. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Pigments -- Analysis. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Paint -- Analysis. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Mineralogy in archaeology. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Indians of North America -- Nevada -- Toquima Range -- Antiquities. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Toquima Range (Nev.) -- Antiquities. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Nevada -- Antiquities. en_US
dc.title Pigment composition of prehistoric pictographs of Gatecliff Shelter, central Nevada. American Museum novitates ; no. 2521 en_US
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    Novitates (Latin for "new acquaintances"), published continuously and numbered consecutively since 1921, are short papers that contain descriptions of new forms and reports in zoology, paleontology, and geology. New numbers are published at irregular intervals.

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