CAVEMASTER DEMO PARTY
reddish pigment made from ground stone
In its natural form, ochre is yellow or orange. It is valuable as a pigment because it is non-toxic. It can safely be used for body-paint.
When heated, ochre turns brownish red, and is referred to as “red ochre”. It can look very much like blood when mixed with water or grease.
The famous Cave of Lascaux was painted by smearing grease on the wall, then blowing powdered ochre at it. In places where art is made, stone palettes and grinding stones along with the crumbs and as-yet-unground stones are sometimes found.
Buried with ivory wands, bracelets, and beautiful seashells, “The Red Lady of Paviland” is a skeleton with a thick coating of ochre found in a cave Norfolk. The ritual burial took place around 29,000 years ago. Despite the name, the skeleton belonged to a man entering his 20’s.