Paints, Pigments, and Inks

  • Mary E. Malainey
Part of the Manuals in Archaeological Method, Theory and Technique book series (MATT)


The compositions of paints, pigments, and inks have been analyzed using a variety of techniques. While more destructive techniques can be applied for the compositional analysis of raw materials, completely non-destructive techniques are typically required to examine the ink on ancient and sacred manuscripts. Examples of various approaches taken to address these problems and issues related to dating rock art using charcoal-based pigments are presented in the chapter.


Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis Carbonaceous Shale Canonical Discriminant Analysis Green Pigment Accelerator Mass Spectrometer 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mary E. Malainey
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  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyBrandon UniversityBrandonCanada

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