9th Experimental Archaeology Conference poster – Rifkin

Use of red ochre as an insecticide copyright Riaan Rifkin

EthnOGRAPHIC and experimental perspectives on the efficacy of RED ochre as an INSECT repellent Riaan F. Rifkin University of Bergen, Norway; University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa The habitual exploitation of red ochre during the African Middle Stone Age (MSA) has been interpreted as a proxy for the origin of language, as evidence for colour … Continue reading

9th Experimental Archaeology Conference abstract – Surette

Capturing fugitive dyes through re-creation and algorithms: a case study from the north coast of Peru Flannery Surette The University of Western Ontario Despite nearly a hundred years of textile research in Peru, experimental approaches and novel applications of technology are rarely applied to material excavated from the region. For this project, I tested the … Continue reading

8th Experimental Archaeology Conference abstract – Schenck and Groom

Experiments with aceramic birch bark tar extraction Tine Schenck & Peter Groom University of Exeter, UK Birch bark tar has been a widely used product in prehistory. From adhesive purposes to waterproofing, it is a versatile agent which also proves to have medicinal properties and may have been used as such. Finds of birch bark … Continue reading