Red Ochre

Red ochre was a regularly used substance in Paleolithic sites. It is a naturally found mixture of sand and hematite.


Red ochre is a common substance throughout the world, which may be why it was thought of as the earth's blood.

Symbolic UseEdit

Red ochre was used in conjunction with death and caves (womb), suggesting a combination that meant rebirth. It was common for bones left over after excarnation to be placed deep in a cave or in some artificial cavern and covered with red ochre in order to aid in the process of rebirth.

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