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Posted in response to Indian Paint Rocks? from Liz on October 02, 2010 at 07:07:10:

Re: Indian Paint Rocks?

Liz -

They were called paint pots where I grew up, in the Hudson Valley of NYS. As far as I know they are iron oxide concretions, and the powders are iron oxide of one variety or another. The folklore is that with the addition of water or tallow (animal fat) the resulting paint was used by Native Americans for cosmetic purposes to paint their faces and bodies. They were used as long ago as 150,000bce in Europe by Neanderthal men for similar purposes, and while I've never seen it claimed, I expect by CroMagnons.

KOR,

Jim Small
Small Wonders Lapidary
Church Hill, TN

From jim small - October 05, 2010 at 08:03:46
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