Views into the Past: Spectroscopic Characterisation of Aboriginal Australian Pigments

Date: November 4, 2015
Time: 8.00 pm


The Royal Society Room, Customs House Building, TMAG
19 Davey St., Hobart (entry from Dunn Place)


The Royal Society of Tasmania invites you to attend this special lecture by Dr Rachel Popelka-Filcoff, AINSE Senior Research Fellow at Flinders University.

Natural mineral pigments are significant in Aboriginal Australian culture, and applied to a variety of natural matrices such as wood and bark to create objects such as boomerangs and shields and bark paintings. Ochre (Fe-oxide pigment), is used for a variety of red, brown, orange and yellow colours and other natural mineral pigments such as kaolinite are used for white colours. Mixtures and applications of pigments present a challenging analytical problem, especially towards the non-destructive elemental analysis of mixed pigments on objects with a variety of shapes and sizes.

This presentation will describe our recent research into methods to characterize the complexity of Indigenous Australian ochre pigments.

All interested people are welcome Admission is free

Event audience: Everyone