From pigments to a dynamic context of ancient life
One of many researched fields in archaeology is polychromy. This is an indicator of provenance of subjects and of the production of pigment. Research of used colorants can reveal many more historical processes of ancient cultures and substantially enrich our historical heritage. The EU-funded BUNT project will analyse pigments such as cinnabar and Egyptian blue in the context of cultural, political and economic exchanges and dynamics in Noricum, a Celtic kingdom under the Roman Empire. A novel multidisciplinary investigation, this study will unveil procurement ways, organisation, production technologies and knowledge transfer, helping us to understand our ancient heritage better.