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T. R. Ravindran, A. K. Arora, M. Singh and S. B. Ota On-and off-site Raman study of rock-shelter paintings at world-heritage site of Bhimbetka Journal of Raman Spectroscopy 44

Version of Record online: 15 JUL 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/jrs.4148

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Rock-shelter paintings of Bhimbetka world-heritage site near Bhopal, India are investigated on-site using a portable Raman spectrometer and in the laboratory using a micro-Raman spectrometer on micron-sized fragments extracted from the rock paintings. These paintings in the rock shelters belong to periods starting from pre-historic to the 19th century AD. Based on the Raman spectra and energy dispersive elemental analysis, mineral-based pigments such as calcite, gypsum, hematite, whewellite, and goethite could be identified.

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