Category Archives: Minerals

The mis-appliance of science in cultural heritage?

Science applied to archaeology and cultural heritage is a thing. It has been happening for decades. Scientific analysis of materials can provide much needed information about materials, trade, manufacture, provenance, foodstuffs, populations, individuals. With today’s kit we can make analyses … Continue reading

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Catch a falling star: the strange story of the Tocopilla Meteorite

Think ‘meteorites’ and think ‘art’ and the average human mind will probably conjure up the garish and probably fantastical cover of a sci-fi novel depicting colliding worlds in shades of pink and blue or alternatively an ‘artist’s impression’ of the … Continue reading

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Oxford Ochre – An English Artists’ Pigment

The Oxford Ochre deposits are derived from a series of quartz and iron-rich sands of Lower Cretaceous, probably Valanginian age, the Whitchurch Sand Formation[1]. It overlies the Jurassic Purbeck, Portland and Kimmeridge Clay Formations. The Whitchurch Sands extend from Wiltshire … Continue reading

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Pentagonite & Cavansite

Whilst shopping at my favourite shop, Kremer Pigmente for some aerinite, I came across a mineral pigment I did not know, and obviously just had to buy it. It is called pentagonite, and Kremer indicate that it is sourced in … Continue reading

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