Red ochre : an archaeological artifact

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dc.contributor.advisor Hicks, Ronald (Ronald E.) Northam, Janice K. 2013-12-18T21:09:27Z 2013-12-18T21:09:27Z 2013-12-14 2013-12-14
dc.description.abstract Red ochre, an iron-oxide mineral has been found in prehistoric sites worldwide, in many types of sites. It has been noted as being present, but has not been afforded the status of artifact with the same level of analysis as other artifacts such as ceramics or lithics. McCullough’s Run, a multi-component prehistoric cemetery in Indiana contained red ochre with cremation burials. By treating red ochre as more than incidental to the site, but as an artifact, new information about mortuary behavior was learned. The red ochre was from locally or regionally available materials, and was placed with the deceased during cremation. Therefore, red ochre must be treated as an artifact for comparing, contrasting information intraand inter-site.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Anthropology
dc.description.tableofcontents Red ochre as an artifact -- What exactly is red ochre? -- Setting the stage -- The site : McCullough's Run, Bartholomew County, Indiana, 12B1036 -- Red ochre : the artifact.
dc.subject.lcsh Hematite.
dc.subject.lcsh Antiquities, Prehistoric -- Indiana -- Bartholomew County.
dc.subject.lcsh Paleo-Indians -- Indiana -- Bartholomew County.
dc.subject.lcsh Excavations (Archaeology) -- Indiana -- Bartholomew County.
dc.subject.other McCullough's Run Site (Bartholomew County, Ind.)
dc.subject.other Bartholomew County (Ind.) -- Antiquities.
dc.title Red ochre : an archaeological artifact en_US Thesis (M.A.)

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