Molecules and compounds explaining origins of Aboriginal rock art

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The research has helped show what painting materials are used and where those materials were sourced from.(Image: Jon Connell on Flickr)

Chemistry is more than electrons and protons- it can now add analysis of Aboriginal rock art to its repertoire. Chemists are now pairing with anthropologists and archaeologists to explore the origins of Aboriginal rock art. Researchers from the University of Technology Sydney have recently spent time in Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory analysing the chemical composition of rock art.

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