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dc.contributor.authorHuntley, Jillian Nee Ford
dc.date.accessioned2017-10-06T12:30:51Z
dc.date.available2017-10-06T12:30:51Z
dc.date.issued2012
dc.identifier.issn0312-2417
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/03122417.2012.11681952
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/339698
dc.description.abstractPortable spectrographic techniques have desirable attributes for archaeological investigations because they can be applied in the field non-invasively and non-destructively. With the increasing ubiquity of portable spectrographic techniques in Australia it is timely that the complexities of field-based analyses are discussed. A review of portable x-ray fluorescence (PXRF), including the limitations of the technique, and discussion of the complex physical interactions encapsulated by the resulting elemental data, provide a firm basis for interpreting the analysis of a rock art panel on the Woronora Plateau, New South Wales. PXRF data supports the results of previous (laboratory-based) pigment characterisations, that a locally sourced, composite clay-based paint was used to produce rock art. Results highlight the requirement for specific knowledge and expertise, not only in relation to the technique, but also the rock art under investigation and, critically, its taphonomic context. Ultimately this case study demonstrates that portable spectrometry should be considered an addition to the existing repertoire of archaeometric techniques applicable to the study of rock art, rather than as a replacement for laboratory analyses.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherRoutledge
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom78
dc.relation.ispartofpageto94
dc.relation.ispartofissue1
dc.relation.ispartofjournalAustralian Archaeology
dc.relation.ispartofvolume75
dc.subject.fieldofresearchAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander archaeology
dc.subject.fieldofresearchArchaeological science
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode450101
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode430101
dc.titleTaphonomy or Paint Recipe: In situ portable x-ray fluorescence analysis of two anthropomorphic motifs from the Woronora Plateau, New South Wales
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text
gro.griffith.authorHuntley, Jillian


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