Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory


3 May 2011

Colour symbolism in the prehistoric architecture of central Anatolia and Raman Spectroscopic Investigation of red ochre in Chalcholithic Çatalhöyük

Burcin Erdogu & Audin Ulubey Oxford Journal of Archaeology 30.1 (February 2011): 1–11.

The use of red ochre in the prehistoric architecture of Central Anatolia has long been recognized. Scholars have often argued that its use in architecture has a symbolic role, and that it has been used in sacred parts of ritual buildings. This paper examines red-painted buildings in the prehistoric settlements of Central Anatolia. Recently, a building with red-coloured plastered walls and floors was found in Chalcolithic Çatalhöyük West. The technique of Raman Spectroscopy has been applied to identify the red pigment and results show that it is red ochre, which contains predominantly hematite, Fe2O3.


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