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Oxford Science Cafe: Roman Wall Paintings, Tuesday, April 23

Join science enthusiasts at the Lusa Pastry Café on Jackson Avenue for our next Oxford Science Café, Tuesday, April 23 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.  The event is free to the public, and children are welcome.  The speaker will be Dr. Hillary Becker.  Hillary Becker, Assistant Professor of Classics, will present “The Science of Roman Wall Painting: Pliny, pigments, and  polychromy.”

The discovery of the only known pigment shop in Ancient Rome revealed an array of colors in their raw, mineral form waiting to be sold to wall painters. Roman pigments provide a surprising opportunity to understand how science can be used in archaeology, revealing what pigments were present in the shop and, potentially, from where they originated, as well as exploring the supply-side economy of Roman painting and the steps by which these pigments went from the mine, to a shop, to the walls of a Roman house.