The application of micro-Raman for the analysis of ochre artefacts from Mesolithic palaeo-lake Flixton

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/620943
Title:
The application of micro-Raman for the analysis of ochre artefacts from Mesolithic palaeo-lake Flixton
Authors:
Needham, Andy; Croft, Shannon; Kröger, Roland; Robson, Harry K.; Rowley, Charlotte C. A.; Taylor, Barry; Gray Jones, Amy; Conneller, Chantal
Abstract:
Ochre is an important mineral pigment used by prehistoric hunter-gatherers across the globe, and its use in the Mesolithic is no exception. Using optical microscopy and Raman spectroscopy with micrometre spatial resolution (micro-Raman), we present evidence that confirms unambiguously the use of ochre by hunter-gatherers at Mesolithic sites surrounding Palaeo-Lake Flixton, Vale of Pickering, North Yorkshire, UK. Our results suggest that people collected ochre and processed it in different ways, likely for diverse purposes. The quality and specificity of chemical characterisation possible with micro-Raman facilitates new avenues for further research on ochreous materials in Britain, including provenancing through chemical ‘fingerprinting’.
Affiliation:
University of York; University of Chester; University of Manchester
Citation:
Needham, A., Croft, S., Kröger, R., Robson, H. K., Rowley, C. C. A., Taylor, B., Gray Jones, A., & Conneller, C. (2018). The application of micro-Raman for the analysis of ochre artefacts from Mesolithic palaeo-lake Flixton. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 17, 650-656. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2017.12.002
Publisher:
Elsevier
Journal:
Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports
Publication Date:
20-Dec-2017
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/620943
DOI:
10.1016/j.jasrep.2017.12.002
Additional Links:
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352409X17305059
Type:
Article
Language:
en
EISSN:
2352-409X
Appears in Collections:
History and Archaeology

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dc.contributor.authorNeedham, Andyen
dc.contributor.authorCroft, Shannonen
dc.contributor.authorKröger, Rolanden
dc.contributor.authorRobson, Harry K.en
dc.contributor.authorRowley, Charlotte C. A.en
dc.contributor.authorTaylor, Barryen
dc.contributor.authorGray Jones, Amyen
dc.contributor.authorConneller, Chantalen
dc.date.accessioned2018-03-14T12:49:02Z-
dc.date.available2018-03-14T12:49:02Z-
dc.date.issued2017-12-20-
dc.identifier.citationNeedham, A., Croft, S., Kröger, R., Robson, H. K., Rowley, C. C. A., Taylor, B., Gray Jones, A., & Conneller, C. (2018). The application of micro-Raman for the analysis of ochre artefacts from Mesolithic palaeo-lake Flixton. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 17, 650-656. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2017.12.002en
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.jasrep.2017.12.002-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/620943-
dc.description.abstractOchre is an important mineral pigment used by prehistoric hunter-gatherers across the globe, and its use in the Mesolithic is no exception. Using optical microscopy and Raman spectroscopy with micrometre spatial resolution (micro-Raman), we present evidence that confirms unambiguously the use of ochre by hunter-gatherers at Mesolithic sites surrounding Palaeo-Lake Flixton, Vale of Pickering, North Yorkshire, UK. Our results suggest that people collected ochre and processed it in different ways, likely for diverse purposes. The quality and specificity of chemical characterisation possible with micro-Raman facilitates new avenues for further research on ochreous materials in Britain, including provenancing through chemical ‘fingerprinting’.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherElsevieren
dc.relation.urlhttps://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352409X17305059en
dc.subjectMesolithicen
dc.subjectHunter-gatherersen
dc.subjectHaematiteen
dc.subjectOchreen
dc.subjectReflected visible light microscopyen
dc.subjectRaman microspectroscopyen
dc.titleThe application of micro-Raman for the analysis of ochre artefacts from Mesolithic palaeo-lake Flixtonen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.eissn2352-409X-
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of York; University of Chester; University of Manchesteren
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Archaeological Science: Reportsen
dc.date.accepted2017-12-04-
or.grant.openaccessYesen
rioxxterms.funderUnfundeden
rioxxterms.identifier.projectUnfundeden
rioxxterms.versionAMen
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2019-12-20-
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