Posted by Inbanana from ppp04.nwnetwork.net on January 31, 2001 at 17:05:39:
In Reply to: Good question posted by Michaelson on January 31, 2001 at 16:05:33:
Happen to have a Munsell Soil Color Chart book in front of me. It's a standardized reference for archaeologists (and a great gift idea!), useful in communicating soil colors to others.
The book consists of pages of reddish, brownish, and yellowish (and some greenish) standardized-color paint chips arranged in a grid pattern, and referenced by number. When the archaeologist wants to describe a soil color, she just finds the match amongst the Munsell paint chips, and puts the number in the report.
The color system is a standard scientific reference (there is a mostly greenish book for plant people), and greatly increases the ability of people to compare soil types, archaeological features, taupe pants, etc.
So... Indy's pants could possibly be a... hmm... 5YR 6/2 pinkish gray, or maybe a 5YR 5/4 reddish brown?
They may also have been woven of some irridescent type of wool that changed color according to movement and available light (imagine the new action figure: "Glamour Disco Indy"!)
There may be a googol of possibilities...
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