Colorimetric Analysis of the PP5-6 Ochre

Author(s): James McGrath

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "SAA 2019: General Sessions" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

This poster presents the results of recent colorimetric analyses of the archaeological ochres from Pinnacle Point 5-6 (PP5-6), Western Cape Province, South Africa. Ochre colors are derived from digital photographs of streak plates and quantified in CIE L*a*b* color space. Results presented here indicate that the vast majority of ochres from this site produce red hued streaks, with some variation in streak hues and chromas throughout the PP5-6 sequence. These results are discussed in light of recent arguments for Late Pleistocene color-based selection preferences and color-influencing taphonomic processes.

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Colorimetric Analysis of the PP5-6 Ochre. James McGrath. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 449317)

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Spatial Coverage

min long: 9.58; min lat: -35.461 ; max long: 57.041; max lat: 4.565 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 23821