Volume II-5/W3
ISPRS Ann. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., II-5/W3, 53-59, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/isprsannals-II-5-W3-53-2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
ISPRS Ann. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., II-5/W3, 53-59, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/isprsannals-II-5-W3-53-2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

  11 Aug 2015

11 Aug 2015

Documenting the light sensitivity of Spanish Levantine rock art paintings

J. M. del Hoyo-Meléndez1, J. L. Lerma2, E. López-Montalvo3, and V. Villaverde4 J. M. del Hoyo-Meléndez et al.
  • 1Laboratory of Analysis and Non-Destructive Investi gation of Heritage Objects, The National Museum in Krakow, ul. Piłsudskiego 14, 31-109 Krakow, Poland
  • 2Department of Cartographic Engineering, Geodesy and Photogrammetry, Universitat Politècnica de Valenci a, Camino de Vera s/n, Edificio 7i, 46022 Valencia, Spain
  • 3French National Centre for Scientific Research, TRACES UMR 5608 – Université de Toulouse II – Jean Jaurès. 5, Allée Antonio Machado, 31058 Toulouse, France
  • 4Departament of Prehistory and Archaeology, Univers itat de València, Blasco Ibañez, 28, 46010 Valencia, Spain

Keywords: Exposure, Light, Microfading spectrometry, Photosensitivity, Pigments, Spanish Levantine Rock art

Abstract. A case study to evaluate the use of microfading spectrometry (MFS) for the study of colored systems found in prehistoric rock art paintings was conducted in the Cova Remígia rock-shelter, Castellón (Spain). This rock shelter is part of the rock art sites of the Mediterranean basin on the Iberian Peninsula included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Some of the paintings belonging to this group are exposed to environmental factors including natural daylight, wind and rain, depending on the time of the day and the season of the year. Therefore, their preservation is a major concern to stakeholders and researchers responsible for protecting and studying these prehistoric paintings. The experimental work in Cova Remigia focused on measuring the reflectance curves (400-700 nm) and determining the photostability of various areas containing red and black pigments on the rock art paintings. The preliminary results indicate that MFS is a suitable technique for studying the response to light of rock/pigment systems found in rock art sites. The advantages and limitations of the technique are discussed.