Ness colour inspires new Neolithic research project
A research project inspired by the use of coloured pigment at the Ness of Brodgar has secured funding from the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.
Colouring the Neolithic: Searching for Pigments in Scotland’s Prehistoric Rock Art seeks to “revolutionise our understanding” of prehistoric Scotland by searching for evidence that Neolithic rock art was not always plain stone.
In Iberia, some rock art was coloured and carved at the same time, suggesting this was a geographically widespread practice that remains largely unexplored.
Dr Joana Valdez-Tullett, of Wessex Archaeology, and Dr Louisa Campbell, of the University of Glasgow, will use rock art examples curated in Scottish museums to develop a pioneering approach to search for traces of these 5,000-year-old pigments.
- Download: Colour, Cups and Tiles – recent discoveries at the Ness of Brodgar. Nick Card (2010)