Problems of Archaeology, Ethnography, Anthropology of
Siberia and Neighboring Territories

ISSN 2658-6193 (Online)

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2018 Volume XXIV

DOI: 10.17746/2658-6193.2018.24.115-118

УДК 903.03

Petrographic and Spectral Analysis of Pigment-Containing Materials in the Collection of Malaya Syya-Site

Lbova L.V., Kulik N.A., Gubar Y.S.

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Data of the petrographic and mineralogical identification and spectral elemental analysis of pigment-containing materials found in the collection of Malaya Syya site are described. The materials were collected during the excavation of the site in 1975-1980s by expeditions of the IIFF SB AS USSR under the leadership of V. Ye. Larichev. In this publication, attention is paid to the description of the pigment-containing raw materials, since its characteristics and use are significant for the cultural identification of the complex. The collection contains pigment-containing materials including magnetite, hematite, goethite, malachite-containing samples. The study is based on the data of analyses by scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM-EDX) indicating that in the early Upper Paleolithic, people used natural and unprocessed pigments in the form of coarse raw materials and made up composite artificial paints.


pigment-containing materials, mineralogical analysis, elemental composition, Upper Paleolithic, Southern Siberia

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