Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry

, Volume 151, Issue 1, pp 221–227 | Cite as

Nuclear analytical study of rock paintings

  • M. Peisach
  • C. A. Pineda
  • L. Jacobson
Applications: Geo- and Cosmosciences


An exfoliated fragment of a rock painting from Lesotho was analyzed by differentiated backscatter spectrometry to obtain the paint thickness, which ranged from about 2 to 6.5 μm, and its empirical formula for stopping power calculations. Elemental composition was determined by PIXE. Fe-rich paint spots were red in color and Ca-rich ones, pinkish. Because of the chemical mobility of calcium, this paint component should become the focus to which conservation techniques should be directed.


Color Calcium Physical Chemistry Inorganic Chemistry Elemental Composition 
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© Akadémiai Kiadó 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Peisach
    • 1
  • C. A. Pineda
    • 1
  • L. Jacobson
    • 2
  1. 1.National Accelerator CentreFaure(South Africa)
  2. 2.McGregor MuseumKimberley(South Africa)

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