Ochre is more than just paint - it tells stories of culture and trade in Indigenous Australians. Using museum artefacts plus science can track ochre sources and untangle a lost history.
Bringing the past into a digital space creates so much more overt space for interpretation and different narratives.
Ochre has many uses. It can be used to shed information on the evolution of the modern mind.
It may have been a cultural tradition to use tempera paint that contained traces of milk on bodies according to a discovery at Sibudu Caves in KwaZulu Natal.