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Magallania (Punta Arenas)

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SEPULVEDA R, MARCELA A. Rock art painting and color technology in southern most south Chile. Magallania [online]. 2011, vol.39, n.1, pp.193-210. ISSN 0718-2244.

Existing background information on rock art paintings of southernmost south Chile is presented. This review highlights a shortage in systematic studies, the lack of recent research allowing new approaches to study problems, and poor consideration of the matter in the comprehension of life manners of human population in the southernmost south portion of the continent. The main results of elementary physic-chemical analysis of several samples of cave paintings are summarized. This allows discussing part of the technological dimension tied to color production. The variety and diversity of recipes used for rock art painting production, as inferred from these results, reveal the need of extending and multiplying these analyses. More advanced studies might allow more systematic approaches to the study of color technology in southernmost south Chile.

Keywords : rock art painting; physical-chemical analysis; technology of color; southern Chile.

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