Amara West 2014: looking behind the colour

Amara West project blog

Colour analysis in the laboratory Kate Fulcher, UCL & British Museum

I am currently in the first year of my PhD, studying the technology of colour in New Kingdom vernacular architiecture, with an emphasis on Tell el-Amarna and Amara West. Focusing on the pigments used to decorate people’s houses, I travel to Sudan for the first time later this month to work at Amara West. I have already seen some samples of pigments from the site, but it will be interesting to see with my own eyes where they came from and the context they were found in. While I’m at Amara West I’ll be looking for more pigments, and for evidence of pigment production.

Ceramic sherd with blue and yellow pigment, probably a painting palette, from the magazine area E13.14 Ceramic sherd with blue and yellow pigment, probably a painting palette, from the magazine area E13.14

Most pigments are simply ground up rocks, and grindstones have already been found that were clearly used for grinding pigment. But a blue pigment…

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