School of Arts and Sciences
Our ancient forebears certainly made use of pigments to color virtually everything they used or had: bodies, caves, pottery, sculpture, stone structures, clothing and other textiles. This paper will document their usage with an emphasis on mineral pigments, natural and synthetic. Modern investigations on their preparation and uses have gradually increased our awareness, and in some cases, awe, of the degree of sophistication possessed by these early civilizations.
Orna, M.V. Historic Mineral Pigments: Colorful Benchmarks of Ancient Civilizations. In Chemical Technology in Antiquity; Rasmussen, S. (ed.); ACS Symposium Series Volume 1211. American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 2016; 17.