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  1. Archaeometry: changes and current trends

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    Montero Ruiz, Ignacio

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available This paper looks through the definition of the term Archaeometry and its different meanings since the first use of the term in the1950s to the present. It is also concerned with the historical background of Archaeometry, its evolution throughout recent decades and the fields currently covered by this new area of knowledge, which must be understood within the limits of archaeology. In addition, a bibliometric analysis has served to show in depth the trends of archaeometric studies and to assess their role in current archaeological research. Finally, some ideas on the particular knowledge generated by Archaeometry as well as its future and immediate perspectives are also discussed.  

    Este trabajo realiza un recorrido por la definición del término Arqueometría y las distintas acepciones que ha ido teniendo desde su aparición en la década de los 50 del siglo pasado hasta el presente. También se profundiza en los antecedentes históricos, en la evolución acaecida en las últimas décadas y en los campos de actuación cubiertos en la actualidad por esta nueva área de conocimiento, cuyo desarrollo no puede entenderse al margen de la propia arqueología. Un análisis bibliométrico ha servido además para conocer en profundidad las tendencias en este tipo de estudios arqueométricos y valorar el papel que juegan en la investigación arqueológica actual. Por último, se discuten algunas ideas sobre las particulares características del conocimiento generado por la Arqueometría, así como su futuro y perspectivas más inmediatas.

  2. Sixth Australasian archaeometry conference. Conference handbook

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    These proceedings provide an overview of the present state-of-the-art in the fields of archaeometry. Topics covered include radiocarbon or other isotope dating as well as AMS, PIXE/PIGME and other nuclear analytical techniques applied to a variety of archeological specimens, sediments and artefacts. Palaecological, anthropological and archaeometallurgical study are also reported. Altogether, 85 abstracts/extended abstracts are included in the proceedings; out of these, 59 were separately indexed for inclusion in the INIS database

  3. Sixth Australasian archaeometry conference. Conference handbook

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    1997-12-31

    These proceedings provide an overview of the present state-of-the-art in the fields of archaeometry. Topics covered include radiocarbon or other isotope dating as well as AMS, PIXE/PIGME and other nuclear analytical techniques applied to a variety of archeological specimens, sediments and artefacts. Palaecological, anthropological and archaeometallurgical study are also reported. Altogether, 85 abstracts/extended abstracts are included in the proceedings; out of these, 59 were separately indexed for inclusion in the INIS database.

  4. Preliminary experiments: High-energy alpha PIXE in archaeometry

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    Dupuis, Thomas, E-mail: T.Dupuis@ulg.ac.b [Centre Europeen d' Archeometrie, Atomique et Spectroscopie, Universite de Liege, Sart Tilman B15, B-4000 Liege (Belgium); Institut de Physique Nucleaire, Atomique et Spectroscopie, Universite de Liege, Sart Tilman B15, B-4000 Liege (Belgium); Chene, G.; Mathis, F. [Centre Europeen d' Archeometrie, Atomique et Spectroscopie, Universite de Liege, Sart Tilman B15, B-4000 Liege (Belgium); Institut de Physique Nucleaire, Atomique et Spectroscopie, Universite de Liege, Sart Tilman B15, B-4000 Liege (Belgium); Marchal, A.; Philippe, M.; Garnir, H.-P. [Institut de Physique Nucleaire, Atomique et Spectroscopie, Universite de Liege, Sart Tilman B15, B-4000 Liege (Belgium); Strivay, D. [Centre Europeen d' Archeometrie, Atomique et Spectroscopie, Universite de Liege, Sart Tilman B15, B-4000 Liege (Belgium); Institut de Physique Nucleaire, Atomique et Spectroscopie, Universite de Liege, Sart Tilman B15, B-4000 Liege (Belgium)

    2010-06-15

    This paper describes the work realized at the 'Centre Europeen d'Archeometrie' to highlight the utility of high-energy alpha PIXE in the particular field of archaeometry and to introduce the developments done and to be done to complete the knowledge of high-energy alpha PIXE. It starts with the comparison of the yield and the noise background between several alpha particle beams and the comparison between alpha particle and proton beams on different thick and thin references. After, this paper depicts the developments done at the 'Institut de Physique Nucleaire, Atomique et Spectroscopie' to perform such high-energy experiments, first on standards and later on cultural heritage objects. Moreover, it introduces the problematics of such beams for the quantification in PIXE by the intermediary of the knowledge of the ionization and X-ray production cross-sections and also the developments done to answer to this serious lack in the databases.

  5. Archaeometry of ceramic materials: an evaluation of the andalusian experience

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    Cordero Ruiz, Tomás

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available This paper assesses the impact that the introduction of scientific methods for materials characterisation (conventionally grouped under the label of Archaeometry has had in the methodological configuration of Spanish archaeology over the last two decades. This is achieved through a bibliometric study of publications dealing with characterisation of archaeological ceramics from Andalucía (southern Spain. The variables handled in this study include aspects such as the number of sampled sites and items, their geographical provenance, the chronological and functional dimensions of the archaeological contexts they were taken from as well as the analytical techniques employed in their study.

    Este artículo intenta valorar el impacto que la introducción de métodos de caracterización de materiales procedentes de la física y la química (y agrupados habitualmente bajo la denominación genérica de Arqueometría ha tenido en la configuración metodológica de la investigación arqueológica de nuestro país durante las últimas dos décadas. Para ello se realiza un análisis bibliométrico de un ámbito específico de la aplicación de las técnicas arqueométricas, cual es el de la caracterización de materiales cerámicos dentro de la Arqueología andaluza. Las variables tenidas en cuenta incluyen aspectos tales como la cantidad de sitios arqueológicos muestreados y de muestras analizadas, su procedencia geográfica, los contextos cronológicos y funcionales de los que las muestras fueron tomadas y las técnicas analíticas empleadas.

  6. Incipient archaeometry in Venezuela. Provenance study of pre-Hispanic pottery figurines

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    Application of different analytical techniques contributed with new results to the interpretation and the provenance study of Venezuelan figurines dating from the 12th and 15th centuries. Elements in bulk samples, powdered samples of figurines and soil were determined using total reflection X-ray fluorescence (TXRF), instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) and prompt gamma activation analysis (PGAA). Results and ceramics macroscopic observations indicate that average elemental composition of the figurines from the mainland significantly differ from those encountered on the Caribbean islands. The multidisciplinary experience de facto formed a group dedicated to archaeometry and provided data for provenance study of pre-Hispanic pottery figurines. (author)

  7. Total reflection X-ray fluorescence and archaeometry: Application in the Argentinean cultural heritage

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    Vazquez, Cristina [Comision Nacional de Energia Atomica, Av. Gral Paz 1499 (B1650KNA) San Martin, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Laboratorio de Quimica de Sistemas Heterogeneos, Facultad de Ingenieria, Universidad de Buenos Aires, P. Colon 850 (C1063ACU), Buenos Aires (Argentina)], E-mail: Cristina.Vazquez@cnea.gov.ar; Albornoz, Ana [Agencia Rio Negro Cultura, Museo de la Patagonia F.P.Moreno, Centro Civico s/n Bariloche, Rio Negro (Argentina); Hajduk, Adam [CONICET, Museo de la Patagonia F.P.Moreno, Centro Civico s/n Bariloche, Rio Negro (Argentina); Elkin, Dolores [CONICET Instituto Nacional de Antropologia y Pensamiento Latinoamericano, 3 de febrero 1378 (C1426AEL) Buenos Aires (Argentina); Custo, Graciela; Obrustky, Alba [Comision Nacional de Energia Atomica, Av. Gral Paz 1499 (B1650KNA) San Martin, Buenos Aires (Argentina)

    2008-12-15

    Archaeometry is an interdisciplinary research area involved in the development and use of scientific methods in order to answer questions concerned with the human history. In this way the knowledge of archaeological objects through advanced chemical and physical analyses permits a better preservation and conservation of the cultural heritage and also reveals materials and technologies used in the past. In this sense, analytical techniques play an important role in order to provide chemical information about cultural objects. Considering the non destructive characteristic of this study, analytical techniques must be adequate in order to prevent any alteration or damage and in addition to allow the conservation of their integrity. Taking into account the irreplaceable character of the archaeological and artistic materials considered in this study, analytical techniques must be adequate in order to prevent any alteration or damage and in addition to allow the conservation of their integrity. Total Reflection X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry as a geometric variant of conventional X-ray fluorescence is a proved microanalytical technique considering the small amount of sample required for the analysis. A few micrograms are enough in order to reveal valuable information about elemental composition and in this context it is highly recommended for artwork studies. In this paper a case study is presented in which Total Reflection X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometry has been successfully employed in the archaeometry field. Examples from Argentinean cultural heritage sites related with the determination of pigments in paintings on canvas and in rock sites as well as in underwater archaeology research are shown.

  8. Total reflection X-ray fluorescence and archaeometry: Application in the Argentinean cultural heritage

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    Archaeometry is an interdisciplinary research area involved in the development and use of scientific methods in order to answer questions concerned with the human history. In this way the knowledge of archaeological objects through advanced chemical and physical analyses permits a better preservation and conservation of the cultural heritage and also reveals materials and technologies used in the past. In this sense, analytical techniques play an important role in order to provide chemical information about cultural objects. Considering the non destructive characteristic of this study, analytical techniques must be adequate in order to prevent any alteration or damage and in addition to allow the conservation of their integrity. Taking into account the irreplaceable character of the archaeological and artistic materials considered in this study, analytical techniques must be adequate in order to prevent any alteration or damage and in addition to allow the conservation of their integrity. Total Reflection X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry as a geometric variant of conventional X-ray fluorescence is a proved microanalytical technique considering the small amount of sample required for the analysis. A few micrograms are enough in order to reveal valuable information about elemental composition and in this context it is highly recommended for artwork studies. In this paper a case study is presented in which Total Reflection X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometry has been successfully employed in the archaeometry field. Examples from Argentinean cultural heritage sites related with the determination of pigments in paintings on canvas and in rock sites as well as in underwater archaeology research are shown

  9. 启以新知,发人新思——《科技考古文集》读后思考%New Knowledge Inspiring New Thinking: Reading An Anthology on Archaeometry

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    何驽

    2011-01-01

    本文从动物考古、环境考古、科技考古三方面,简要介绍了袁靖先生《科技考古文集》有关动物考古的深入研究及对科技考古理论与学科建设的思考,从中可以看到中国科技考古的日新月异,看到科技考古人与考古人通力合作的累累硕果。%From the aspects of zooarchaeology, environmental archaeology, and archaeometry, this paper briefly introduces important researches on zooarchaeology, theory on archaeometry, and ideas about the development of this discipline discussed in Yuan Jing' s An Anthology on Archaeometry. This book enables readers to see the development of archaeometry in China and the fruits produced by collaboration between archaeologists and scientists.

  10. Archaeometry of sicilian glazed pottery

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    Alaimo, R.; Bultrini, G.; Fragalà, I.; Giarrusso, R.; Iliopoulos, I.; Montana, G.

    Petrographic and chemical analyses of the ``ceramic body'' of 114 majolica artefacts manufactured in Sicily over a wide time range (16th--19th century) are presented. All the analysed samples, which belong to museums and private collections, were previously attributed to Sicilian workshops based on stylistic features evaluated by expert historians of art. Unambiguous identification of the production sites of majolica handicrafts in Sicily remains, however, open to question when this relies only on purely stylistic considerations. To this end compositional and/or textural markers have been searched for in the ``ceramic body'' of the majolica artefacts in order to differentiate between the centres of manufacture which were active in Sicily in previous centuries. The study of thin sections has allowed the characterization of the raw materials as well as the microscopic ``fabric'' of manufacture from four of the more relevant Sicilian production sites, namely: Caltagirone, Sciacca, Palermo and Santo Stefano di Camastra. Chemical data, including minor and trace elements, have been submitted to computer assisted multivariate statistical techniques. Principal component analysis (PCA) and linear discriminant analysis (LDA) have defined compositional ``ceramic reference groups'' and, consequently, have enabled a more realistic discrimination of provenance. These data have documented several imports of majolica from Naples, while the same artefacts were previously attributed to Sicilian workshops, based on stylistic considerations .

  11. Applications of SNMS in archaeometry.

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    Paulus, H; Müller, K H; Melzer, W; Peine, H W; Thier, B; Weisgerber, A

    1995-10-01

    The recently developed High Frequency Mode HFM of electron gas SNMS allows investigations on insulating samples with the well known advantages of the SNMS Direct Bombardment Mode DBM for the analysis of conducting samples. HFM has been applied to analyses of different historic ceramic and glass samples in order to demonstrate the possibilities of SNMS in this field. It is shown that manufacturing places of ceramic samples could be distinguished by SNMS mass spectra ("fingerprints"). Furthermore questions of the constituents of colour remains on a painted ceramic ("Kaisermedaillon") could be answered by our SNMS analyses. SNMS investigations have been also applied to corrosion phenomena on different glass samples. PMID:15048501

  12. On Teaching Method of Atomic Spectral Analysis in the Course of Archaeometry%科技考古课程中原子光谱分析教学初探

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    陈彪

    2015-01-01

    掌握原子光谱分析相关基础知识,培养学生利用基础知识解决问题的能力,是科技考古专业研究生培养工作的重要内容。结合中国科学技术大学科技考古专业研究生与本科所学专业差别非常大的实际情况,对原子光谱分析的教学内容、教学方式、教学目标、教学重点和难点等进行了初步探索。在教学内容上,不但强调学生掌握原子光谱分析的基础知识,而且强调掌握原子光谱分析在科技考古研究中的应用;在教学方式上,采取教师主讲,启发性教学贯穿教学全过程,通过启发性教学,培养学生的学习和研究能力。学生普遍反映能较好地掌握原子光谱分析的基本原理,较深刻地理解原子光谱分析在科技考古研究中的应用,并能初步培养自身的学习和研究能力。%It is very important for the graduate students majoring in archaeometry to master the fundamen-tal knowledge of atomic spectral analysis ,and to cultivate the ability to solve problems based on the funda-mental knowledge .Teaching contents ,teaching method ,teaching goal ,teaching stresses and difficulties of atomic spectral analysis course has been explored on the basis of the current status that graduate students majoring in archaeometry are from different majors in their undergraduate studies .In terms of teaching contents ,basic knowledge and application of the method have been emphasized .Teaching method is heuristic-oriented ,combining teacher instruction and fostering of students' self-taught and researching a-bilities .T he new teaching method proves effective based on the student feedback .

  13. Exploration on Teaching Method of Raman Spectroscopy in the Course of Archaeometry%科技考古课程中拉曼光谱法教学改革初探

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    陈彪

    2015-01-01

    结合中国科学技术大学科技考古专业研究生的本科专业差别非常大的实际情况,对拉曼光谱法的教学内容、教学方式、教学目标、教学重点和难点等进行了初步改革探索。在教学内容上,在做好拉曼光谱法的基础理论课程内容教学的同时,强化其在科技考古研究中的应用性内容的设计;在教学方式上,采取教师主讲方式,将启发性教学贯穿全过程。通过启发性教学、论文写作方法和技巧的学习和批判精神的培养来培养学生的学习和研究能力。通过问卷调查及课后交流,学生普遍反映较好地掌握了拉曼光谱法的基本原理,较深刻地理解拉曼光谱法在科技考古中的应用,并具有初步的学习、研究能力。%Teaching contents ,teaching method ,teaching goal ,teaching stresses and difficulties of Raman spectroscopy course have been explored in this paper ,based on the current status that graduate students majoring in archaeometry are from different majors in their undergraduate studies .In terms of teaching contents ,basic knowledge and application of the method have been emphasized .Teaching method is heu‐ristic‐oriented ,combining teacher instruction and fostering of students’ self‐learning and research abilities . T he new teaching method is proved effectively based on the student feedback .

  14. Applications of TOF neutron diffraction in archaeometry

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    Kockelmann, W. [Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, ISIS Facility, Chilton (United Kingdom); Siano, S.; Bartoli, L. [Istituto di Fisica Applicata - CNR, Sesto Fiorentino (Italy); Visser, D. [Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, ISIS Facility, Chilton (United Kingdom); Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), Den Haag (Netherlands); Hallebeek, P. [Netherlands Institute for Cultural Heritage (ICN), Amsterdam (Netherlands); Traum, R. [Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Muenzkabinett, Vienna (Austria); Linke, R.; Schreiner, M. [Akademie der Bildenden Kuenste, Institut fuer Wissenschaften und Technologien in der Kunst, Vienna (Austria); Kirfel, A. [Universitaet Bonn, Mineralogisch-Petrologisches Institut, Bonn (Germany)

    2006-05-15

    Neutron radiation meets the demand for a versatile diagnostic probe for collecting information from the interior of large, undisturbed museum objects or archaeological findings. Neutrons penetrate through coatings and corrosion layers deep into centimetre-thick materials, a property that makes them ideal for non-destructive examination of objects for which sampling is impractical or unacceptable. A particular attraction of neutron techniques for archaeologists and conservation scientists is the prospect of locating hidden materials and structures inside objects. Time-of-flight (TOF) neutron diffraction allows for the examination of mineral and metal phase contents, crystal structures, grain orientations, and microstructures as well as micro- and macro strains. A promising application is texture analysis which may provide clues to the deformation history of the material, and hence to specific working processes. Here we report on instructive examples of TOF neutron diffraction, including phase analyses of medieval Dutch tin-lead spoons, texture analyses of bronze specimens as well as of 16th-century silver coins. (orig.)

  15. 科技考古学概述%Archaeometry

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    李清临

    2007-01-01

    科技考古学是考古学与自然科学相交叉而产生的一门新兴学科.在研究对象、研究目标及基本理论方面,科技考古学与考古学保持一致.但科技考古学的研究方法来自自然科学,在研究内容上则偏重于古代遗存所反映的科技内涵,这与考古学有所区别.尽管科技考古学的研究对考古学的发展有着积极的推动作用,但由于研究人员、经费、设备及学科本身等诸多因素的存在,目前科技考古学理论体系的建设尚有不足,需要在今后的发展过程中予以完善.

  16. ANALYTICAL METHODS IN ARCHAEOMETRY: STUDY OF SUPPORT MATERIAL

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    Rodica Mariana Ion

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available The application of some analytical techniques developed initially in materials science (techniques based on physical-chemical phenomena in the study of art and archaeological objects offers the historian and archaeologist quantitative information that can prove useful in order to better understanding of ancient society. The preservation of material culture for future generations with the best possible fidelity requires in-depth knowledge, to aid the most suitable restoration, conservation, storage, and eventual museum display. The use of analytical techniques often proves useful for the specialists in conservation and/or restoration due to the valuable information given (composition, state of degradation, and so on. This paper describes the use of some analytical techniques (X-ray fluorescence - XRF, inductively coupled plasma - atomic emission spectrometry - ICP-AES, Fourier transformed - infrared spectroscopy - FTIR for analyzing compositions of artifacts.

  17. 科技考古学初论%A Preliminary Study of Archaeometry

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    赵丛苍; 郭妍利

    2006-01-01

    认为科技考古学作为考古学分支学科的时机已基本成熟,基于此认识对科技考古学的内涵、目标及其理论与方法等作了论述,以期为构架科技考古学的学科体系作尝试,并就科技考古学目前亟待努力的方面提出几点认识:逐步确立学科理论体系;加强学科之间的交流;更新和完善科技考古学方法;扩充科技考古学的队伍.

  18. ARCHAEOMETRY ON VIGOROUS DEVELOPMENT%蓬勃发展的科技考古学

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    王昌燧

    2009-01-01

    科技考古学是一门新兴的学科.本文较为全面地介绍并评述了国内外科技考古学所属领域的最新成果、发展动向和前景,其中不乏我国学者在诸多领域所作的原创性成果.这在一定程度上反映了国家自然科学基金委员会在扶持交叉学科方面不可或缺的重要作用.

  19. Radiation in archaeometry applied to Taquari Valley, (Lajeado, RS-Brazil)

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    Watanabe, Shigueo; Gennari, Roseli F.; Alpendre, Fernanda M. [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), SP (Brazil). Inst. de Fisica. Dept. de Fisica Nuclear], e-mail: lacifid@dfn.if.usp.br; Munita, Casimiro S.; Morais, Mariana S. [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)], e-mail: munita@ipen.br; Machado, Neli G. [Museu de Ciencias Naturais - UNIVATES, Lajeado, RS (Brazil)], e-mail: nelitgm@terra.com.br

    2009-07-01

    In the present work, soil and archaeological ceramic samples from one archaeological site located in Taquari Valley, (Lajeado, RS), were investigated. Ceramics pottery fragments were dated using thermoluminescence method and analyzed by mass spectrometry. The samples were grounded, sieved, and then divided in two: a) the fraction with lower grain size diameters was used in the chemical analysis, b). the portion with intermediate size grain diameter was chemically leached, submitted to different doses and then finally the thermoluminescence was measured. The ages obtained varied from 385 up to 926 years BP. The chemical analysis of soil and ceramics was made using ICP-MS (Plasma Mass Spectrometry) analytical technique. The ICP-MS determination was performed in the solubilized samples. For solubilization of each sample it was used a microwave-assisted digestion technique. Mn ,Fe, Al, Ca, K, Ti, Mg, Na, Cr, V, Ni, Zn, Pb, Li, Cu, La, Ce, Th, U, Sr and Ba have been determined in the studied samples. To guarantee the analytical performance a series of certified reference materials were used (IAEA-Soil 7, and GSJ- JG1a, JA-3, JB2 and JB-3). The ICP-MS data treatment using hierarchical cluster analysis with the squared Euclidean distances was used to calculate dissimilarities between samples. In the resulting dendrogram, the distinct groups of samples were evidenced. (author)

  20. Archaeometry: the science at the service of the art; Arqueometria: la ciencia al servicio del arte

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    Tenorio, M.D.; Mendez G, B. [ININ, A.P. 18-1027, 11801 Mexico D.F. (Mexico)

    2004-07-01

    The modern technology allows unsuspected conjunctions. In this case, that of the physics with the archaeology, in technical as the electronic microscopy that allows us to decipher the enigma of a beautiful pigment of the antiquity: the Mayan blue. (Author)

  1. Portable energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence and X-ray diffraction and radiography system for archaeometry

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    Mendoza Cuevas, Ariadna, E-mail: ariadna@mail.or [Archaeometry Laboratory, Colegio Universitario San Geronimo de La Habana, Obispo, entre San Ignacio y Mercaderes, Habana Vieja, cp 10 100, Havana (Cuba); Perez Gravie, Homero, E-mail: homero.perezgravie@mail.co [Archaeometry Laboratory, Colegio Universitario San Geronimo de La Habana, Obispo, entre San Ignacio y Mercaderes, Habana Vieja, cp 10 100, Havana (Cuba)

    2011-03-21

    Starting on a laboratory developed portable X-ray fluorescence (PXRF) spectrometer; three different analytical results can be performed: analysis of chemical elements, analysis of major chemical crystalline phase and structural analysis, which represents a contribution to a new, low cost development of portable X-ray analyzer; since these results are respectively obtained with independent equipments for X-ray fluorescence, X-ray diffraction and radiography. Detection limits of PXRF were characterized using standard reference materials for ceramics, glass, bronze and bones, which are the main materials requiring quantitative analysis in art and archeological objects. A setup for simultaneous energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence and diffraction (ED (XRF-XRD)) in the reflection mode has been tested for in situ and non-destructive analysis according to the requirements of art objects inspection. The system uses a single low power X-ray tube and an X-ray energy dispersive detector to measure X-ray diffraction spectrum at a fixed angle. Application to the identification of jadeite-jade mineral in archeological objects by XRD is presented. A local high resolution radiography image obtained with the same low power X-ray tube allows for studies in painting and archeological bones.

  2. New development of archaeometry in China%我国科技考古研究的新进展

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    塔拉; 胡耀武; 袁靖; 王昌燧

    2009-01-01

    根据第九届全国科技考古学术讨论会上所报告和收到的103篇论文的内容,对我国科技考古的进展作一简要介绍.内容涉及生物考古和农业考古、年代测定、陶瓷考古、冶金考古、玉器及玻璃器的产地和结构分析以及环境考古、遥感考古和文物保护等.这些论文的内容充分展示了近些年来我国科技考古研究的最新成果和动态,全面反映了我国科技考古研究的发展方向.

  3. Scientific methods and cultural heritage an introduction to the application of materials science to archaeometry and conservation science

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    Artioli, Gilberto

    2010-01-01

    Artioli provides an introduction to the methods and rationales of the scientific investigation of cultural heritage materials, with an emphasis placed on the analytical strategies, modes of operation and resulting information rather than on technicalities.

  4. 科技考古学中的现代物理测年法%Modern Physics Dating Methods in Archaeometry

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    邵明杰

    2009-01-01

    @@ 判断田野发掘中所获考古资料的年代,是开展考古学研究的基础.考古学中所说的"年代",包括相对年代与绝对年代两个范畴.相对年代指各种遗迹、遗物在时间上的先后关系,绝对年代指遗迹、遗物的距今时间.

  5. On-line database of voltammetric data of immobilized particles for identifying pigments and minerals in archaeometry, conservation and restoration (ELCHER database).

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    Doménech-Carbó, Antonio; Doménech-Carbó, María Teresa; Valle-Algarra, Francisco Manuel; Gimeno-Adelantado, José Vicente; Osete-Cortina, Laura; Bosch-Reig, Francisco

    2016-07-13

    A web-based database of voltammograms is presented for characterizing artists' pigments and corrosion products of ceramic, stone and metal objects by means of the voltammetry of immobilized particles methodology. Description of the website and the database is provided. Voltammograms are, in most cases, accompanied by scanning electron microphotographs, X-ray spectra, infrared spectra acquired in attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy mode (ATR-FTIR) and diffuse reflectance spectra in the UV-Vis-region. For illustrating the usefulness of the database two case studies involving identification of pigments and a case study describing deterioration of an archaeological metallic object are presented. PMID:27237832

  6. Performance of hybrid angle-energy dispersive X-ray diffraction and fluorescence portable system for non-invasive surface-mineral identification in Archaeometry

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    Cuevas, Ariadna Mendoza

    2016-01-01

    Low power energy dispersive XRD-XRF portable instruments equipped with multiple angle scanning can take advantage of the shorter acquisition time of EDXRD with respect to ADXRD, and bring closer higher accuracy and resolution of inter-planar distance with those obtained by ADXRD. The data produced by this new hybrid configuration is correlated in the sense that a single XRF or XRD specimen appear in multiple spectra (the later shifted in energy for differing angles). Hence, for fully benefit from the richer data released by this configuration, the analysis should not be confined to the independent processing of the spectra, specialized hybrid data processing should be conceived. We previously reported some advances in the processing of the resulting 3D data (intensity, energy and angle). Here the analytical performance of the first hybrid angle-energy dispersive X-ray diffraction and fluorescence portable system is assessed for non-invasive surface mineral analysis of samples relevant for archaeometrical appl...

  7. X射线荧光光谱分析在考古中应用现状和展望%X-Ray Fluorescence Analysis in Archaeometry: Application and Expectation

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    朱剑; 毛振伟; 张仕定

    2006-01-01

    叙述了X射线荧光光谱分析在文物的鉴定、断代、产地及其矿料来源分析、制作工艺和保护等考古研究中的应用现状,指出目前研究工作中亟待解决的一些问题,并展望了XRF技术在考古中的应用前景和发展方向,意在提请X射线荧光光谱分析和考古工作者的注意,共同推动X射线荧光光谱分析在考古研究中的应用向纵深发展,为我国的考古事业做出更大的贡献.

  8. Fourth Australian conference on nuclear techniques of analysis: AINSE, Lucas Heights, N.S.W. Proceedings

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    Conference sessions covered the areas of materials science, semiconductors, ceramics and metals, archaeometry, industrial applications, environmental applications, bioscience, instrumentation, surfaces and geoscience

  9. Fifth Australian conference on nuclear techniques of analysis : proceedings

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    The conference was divided into sessions on the following topics : environmental applications, archaeometry, instrumentation, materials science, industrial applications, surfaces, bioscience applications, geoscience and mining applications

  10. Outstanding Achievements in Archaeometric Studies at CAS

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    WANG Changsui; HU Yaowu

    2010-01-01

    @@ Introduction Integration of disciplines is a predictable path of scientific development.Among the interdisciplinary operations,archaeometry is unique.On the one hand,it is a product of the integration of archaeology and natural science.

  11. Dating of rock paintings--A problem needs to be solved urgently in the field of archaeometry%岩画断代研究--科技考古学领域中一个亟待解决的问题

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    郭宏; 赵静

    2005-01-01

    探索和研究表明,岩画断代问题仍然是困扰岩画研究的难题之一,其主要原因是岩画本身不能够提供可供断代的直接依据.本文综述了目前岩画断代研究中经常使用的自然科学和考古学方法及其存在的问题,提出应用AMS一4C是今后研究我国岩绘画断代问题的首选方法,解决岩刻画的断代问题则主要有赖于微腐蚀方法.

  12. Sixth Australian conference on nuclear techniques of analysis: proceedings

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    These proceedings contain the abstracts of 77 lectures. The topics focus on instrumentation, nuclear techniques and their applications for material science, surfaces, archaeometry, art, geological, environmental and biomedical studies. An outline of the Australian facilities available for research purposes is also provided. Separate abstracts were prepared for the individual papers in this volume

  13. Proceedings of the 8. Australian conference on nuclear techniques of analysis

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    These proceedings contain the abstracts or extended abstracts of 72 out of 77 presentations. The topics focus on instrumentation, nuclear techniques and their applications for material science, surfaces, archaeometry, art, geological, environmental and biomedical studies. An outline of the Australian facilities available for research purposes is also provided. Separate abstracts were prepared for the individual papers in this volume

  14. Proceedings of the 8. Australian conference on nuclear techniques of analysis

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    These proceedings contain the abstracts or extended abstracts of 72 out of 77 presentations. The topics focus on instrumentation, nuclear techniques and their applications for material science, surfaces, archaeometry, art, geological, environmental and biomedical studies. An outline of the Australian facilities available for research purposes is also provided. Separate abstracts were prepared for the individual papers in this volume.

  15. Max-Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics. Annual report 1993

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    Research in the fields of nuclear physics and particle physics focusses on experimental investigations into the structure of hadrons, hadron interactions, and the relation between the hadronic properties and nuclearphysics phenomena. The experimental and theoretical cosmophysics studies investigate solar neutrinos, cosmic radiation, the interstellar and extragalactic media, C60, the atmosphere of the planetary system, extraterrestric solid matter, and archaeometry. (DG)

  16. Effects of light exposure on the TL dating of pottery

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    LI; Shenghua

    2001-01-01

    [1]l.Aitken, M, J., Thermoluminescence Dating, London: Academic, 1985, 153.[2]Wintle, A. G., Huntley, D. J., Thermoluminescence dating of a deep-sea ocean core, Nature, 1979, 279: 710-712.[3]Zirmmerman, D. W., Thermoluminescent dating using fine grains from pottery, Archaeometry 1971, 13: 29-52.[4]Fleming, S. J., The pre-dose technique: a new thermoluminescent dating method, Archaeometry, 1973, 15: 13-30.[5]Zirmmerman, 1., The radiation-induced increase of thermoluminescence sensitivity of fired quartz, Journal of Physics C:Solid Physics, 1971, 4: 3277-3291.[6]Chen, G., Li, S. H., Studies of quartz 110℃ TL peak sensitivity change and its relevance to OSL dating, Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 2000, 33: 437-443.

  17. Ionizing radiations for the investigation of cultural materials

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    Ferretti, Marco [Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), Rpme (Italy). Ist. per le Tecnologie Applicate ai Beni Culturali

    2010-07-01

    Full text. When archaeometry and conservation science were young, dedicated academic curricula and training did not exist: most professionals were borrowed from other disciplines of the hard sciences. It was soon clear that non-destructivity was among the key features of any investigation, which traditionally brought those working with detection and measurement of ionizing radiations to be among the pioneers in the investigation of cultural materials. This paper aims at giving an overview and significant case studies of the ionizing radiation-based techniques most widely used in archaeometry and conservation science. They range from X-ray fluorescence, used since at least 60 years and still unrivalled in success, to X-ray tomography, to particle induced X-ray emission and, finally, to synchrotron radiation-based techniques, whose application is more and more frequent, thanks to a wider accessibility of large scale facilities. (author)

  18. Nuclear Physics Group progress report

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    This report summarises the work of the Nuclear Physics Group of the Institute of Nuclear Sciences during the period January-December 1983. Commissioning of the EN-tandem electrostatic accelerator continued, with the first proton beam produced in June. Many improvements were made to the vacuum pumping and control systems. Applications of the nuclear microprobe on the 3MV accelerator continued at a good pace, with applications in archaeometry, dental research, studies of glass and metallurgy

  19. Evidence of the Earliest Salt Production Found in China

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    2005-01-01

    @@ Being critical in the development of the human civilization, the ancient salt-making has been an important research issue for both historians and archaeologists. Since salt dissolves in water, it is difficult to tell whether the salt in archaeological samples was caused by human production of salt or underground water. So how to judge the existence of salt production has been a world-wide problem in archaeology and archaeometry.

  20. Max-Planck-Institute for Nuclear Physics. Annual report 1988

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    This annual report contains short notes and abstracts about the work performed at the named institute together with a list of publications and talks. The work concerns technical developments of accelerators and ion sources, experimental and theoretical studies on nuclear structure and reactions, high-energy physics, studies on meteorites and lunar rocks, comets, interplanetary and interstellar dust, interstellar dynamics, nuclear geology, and archaeometry. See hints under the relevant topics. (HSI)

  1. CHARACTERIZATION OF HELLENISTIC PERIOD MEGARIAN BOWLS FROM DORYLAION

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    HAKAN SİVAS; TACİSER SİVAS; FİSUN OKYAR; ALPAGUT KARA; ALI İSSİ

    2011-01-01

    The excavation works being carried out since 1989 at Dorylaion (Eskişehir/Turkey) results in many findings belonging to different civilizations spanning from the First Bronze age to Ottoman period. One of the important groups of these findings is the moldmade bowls, familiarly known as the Megarian bowls from the Hellenistic period (330-30 B.C.). In a frame of an archaeometry project work, these artifacts were characterized with different analytical techniques. Wavelength dispersive X-ray flu...

  2. Recent developments in atomic/nuclear methodologies used for the study of cultural heritage objects

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    Appoloni, Carlos Roberto [Universidade Estadual de Londrina (UEL), PR (Brazil)

    2012-07-01

    Full text: Archaeometry is an area established in the international community since the 60s, with extensive use of atomic- nuclear methods in the characterization of art, archaeological and cultural heritage objects in general. In Brazil, however, until the early '90s, employing methods of physics, only the area of archaeological dating was implemented. It was only after this period that Brazilian groups became involved in the characterization of archaeological and art objects with these methodologies. The Laboratory of Applied Nuclear Physics, State University of Londrina (LFNA/UEL) introduced, pioneered in 1994, Archaeometry and related issues among its priority lines of research, after a member of LFNA has been involved in 1992 with the possibilities of tomography in archaeometry, as well as the analysis of ancient bronzes by EDXRF. Since then, LFNA has been working with PXRF and Portable Raman in several museums in Brazil, in field studies of cave paintings and in the laboratory with material sent by archaeologists, as well as carrying out collaborative work with new groups that followed in this area. From 2003/2004 LAMFI/DFN/IFUSP and LIN/COPPE/UFRJ began to engage in the area, respectively with methodologies using ion beams and PXRF, then over time incorporating other techniques, followed later by other groups. Due to the growing number of laboratories and institutions / archaeologists / conservators interested in these applications, in may 2012 was created a network of available laboratories, based at http://www.dfn.if.usp.br/lapac. It will be presented a panel of recent developments and applications of these methodologies by national groups, as well as a sampling of what has been done by leading groups abroad. (author)

  3. Recent developments in atomic/nuclear methodologies used for the study of cultural heritage objects

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    Appoloni, Carlos Roberto

    2013-05-01

    Archaeometry is an area established in the international community since the 60s, with extensive use of atomic-nuclear methods in the characterization of art, archaeological and cultural heritage objects in general. In Brazil, however, until the early '90s, employing methods of physics, only the area of archaeological dating was implemented. It was only after this period that Brazilian groups became involved in the characterization of archaeological and art objects with these methodologies. The Laboratory of Applied Nuclear Physics, State University of Londrina (LFNA/UEL) introduced, pioneered in 1994, Archaeometry and related issues among its priority lines of research, after a member of LFNA has been involved in 1992 with the possibilities of tomography in archaeometry, as well as the analysis of ancient bronzes by EDXRF. Since then, LFNA has been working with PXRF and Portable Raman in several museums in Brazil, in field studies of cave paintings and in the laboratory with material sent by archaeologists, as well as carrying out collaborative work with new groups that followed in this area. From 2003/2004 LAMFI/DFN/IFUSP and LIN/COPPE/UFRJ began to engage in the area, respectively with methodologies using ion beams and PXRF, then over time incorporating other techniques, followed later by other groups. Due to the growing number of laboratories and institutions/archaeologists/conservators interested in these applications, in may 2012 was created a network of available laboratories, based at http://www.dfn.if.usp.br/lapac. It will be presented a panel of recent developments and applications of these methodologies by national groups, as well as a sampling of what has been done by leading groups abroad.

  4. Recent developments in atomic/nuclear methodologies used for the study of cultural heritage objects

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    Appoloni, Carlos Roberto [Departamento de Fisica, CCE, Universidade Estadual de Londrina - UEL, P.O.Box 6001, CEP 86055-990, Londrina, PR (Brazil)

    2013-05-06

    Archaeometry is an area established in the international community since the 60s, with extensive use of atomic-nuclear methods in the characterization of art, archaeological and cultural heritage objects in general. In Brazil, however, until the early '90s, employing methods of physics, only the area of archaeological dating was implemented. It was only after this period that Brazilian groups became involved in the characterization of archaeological and art objects with these methodologies. The Laboratory of Applied Nuclear Physics, State University of Londrina (LFNA/UEL) introduced, pioneered in 1994, Archaeometry and related issues among its priority lines of research, after a member of LFNA has been involved in 1992 with the possibilities of tomography in archaeometry, as well as the analysis of ancient bronzes by EDXRF. Since then, LFNA has been working with PXRF and Portable Raman in several museums in Brazil, in field studies of cave paintings and in the laboratory with material sent by archaeologists, as well as carrying out collaborative work with new groups that followed in this area. From 2003/2004 LAMFI/DFN/IFUSP and LIN/COPPE/UFRJ began to engage in the area, respectively with methodologies using ion beams and PXRF, then over time incorporating other techniques, followed later by other groups. Due to the growing number of laboratories and institutions/archaeologists/conservators interested in these applications, in may 2012 was created a network of available laboratories, based at http://www.dfn.if.usp.br/lapac. It will be presented a panel of recent developments and applications of these methodologies by national groups, as well as a sampling of what has been done by leading groups abroad.

  5. X-ray fluorescence analysis and optical emission spectrometry of an roman mirror from Tomis, Romania

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    The miscellaneous population of Roman Empire, their diverse cultural tradition, their ability to assimilate the roman civilization spirits, had determined a permanent reassessment superimposed upon the roman contribution. Analysis was undertaken using optical emission spectrometry and non-destructive X-ray fluorescence. X-ray fluorescence analysis is a well-established method and is often used in archaeometry and other work dealing with valuable objects pertaining to the history of art and civilization. Roman mirror analysed has been found not to be made of speculum (a high tin bronze). (authors)

  6. X-ray fluorescence in investigations of cultural relics and archaeological finds

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    Musilek, Ladislav, E-mail: musilek@fjfi.cvut.cz [Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering, Brehova 7, 115 19 Praha 1 (Czech Republic); Cechak, Tomas; Trojek, Tomas [Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering, Brehova 7, 115 19 Praha 1 (Czech Republic)

    2012-07-15

    Some characteristic features of X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analysis make it an ideal method for investigations of cultural relics and archaeological finds. It has therefore become a standard method used in archaeometry. Paintings, frescos, manuscripts, pottery, metalwork, glass, and many other objects are analysed with the aim of recognising their materials, production technologies and origin, and for identifying counterfeits. This paper reviews various techniques used in XRF analyses of works of art, summarises the advantages and limitations of the method, and presents some typical examples of its use. The general review is supplemented by some techniques used and some results achieved at CTU-FNSPE in Prague. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Review of XRF analysis in archaeometry. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Instrumentation for XRF analysis with various sources of radiation. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Materials and artefacts, which can be measured and information, which can be obtained. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer XRF analysis of artworks at the CTU Prague.

  7. Activities on archaeology, art and cultural heritage conservation at the Applied Nuclear Physics Laboratory (LFNA), State University of Londrina (UEL)

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    Appoloni, Carlos R.; Parreira, Paulo S.; Lopes, Fabio [Universidade Estadual de Londrina (UEL), PR (Brazil). Dept. de Fisica. Lab. de Fisica Nuclear Aplicada]. E-mails: appoloni@uel.br; parreira@uel.br; bonn@uel.br

    2007-07-01

    The Laboratory of Applied Nuclear Physics from the State University of Londrina (LFNA/UEL) introduced Archaeometry and related issues pioneeringly among its main research lines in 1994. The current work aims at presenting an overview of the evolution of such activities and the development of human resources up to the present time. The activities related to Archaeology, Art and Cultural Heritage Conservation at the LFNA can be divided into five levels, as follows. (1) Study and implementation of experimental methodologies. (2) Related Basic Research - Physics issues involved in archaeometric applications have led to the need to conduct interesting specific basic research. (3) Works with specific materials - Among the several analysis conducted, the following should be mentioned: ceramics from the archaeological site Tupi Guarani Fazenda Sta. Dalmacia, PR; two archaeological sites in the Amazon Forest; objects from the MAE/USP collection; wall paintings in Imaculada Conceicao Church, SP; coins and other objects from the MHN/RJ; obsidians from Ecuador; etc. (4) Development of Human Resources. In this item there are two components: tutoring of scientific initiation students, Master's and Doctorate in atomic-nuclear methodologies applied to Archaeometry and a course of non-destructive nuclear techniques for the characterization of archaeological and art materials aimed at archaeologists and conservators, given since 1997. (5) Scientific collaborations - the construction of a common language between physicists and archeologists, conservators and other professionals involved in this area is an endeavor of mutual continuous learning and necessary conditions for the success of the projects. (author)

  8. Activities on archaeology, art and cultural heritage conservation at the Applied Nuclear Physics Laboratory (LFNA), State University of Londrina (UEL)

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    The Laboratory of Applied Nuclear Physics from the State University of Londrina (LFNA/UEL) introduced Archaeometry and related issues pioneeringly among its main research lines in 1994. The current work aims at presenting an overview of the evolution of such activities and the development of human resources up to the present time. The activities related to Archaeology, Art and Cultural Heritage Conservation at the LFNA can be divided into five levels, as follows. (1) Study and implementation of experimental methodologies. (2) Related Basic Research - Physics issues involved in archaeometric applications have led to the need to conduct interesting specific basic research. (3) Works with specific materials - Among the several analysis conducted, the following should be mentioned: ceramics from the archaeological site Tupi Guarani Fazenda Sta. Dalmacia, PR; two archaeological sites in the Amazon Forest; objects from the MAE/USP collection; wall paintings in Imaculada Conceicao Church, SP; coins and other objects from the MHN/RJ; obsidians from Ecuador; etc. (4) Development of Human Resources. In this item there are two components: tutoring of scientific initiation students, Master's and Doctorate in atomic-nuclear methodologies applied to Archaeometry and a course of non-destructive nuclear techniques for the characterization of archaeological and art materials aimed at archaeologists and conservators, given since 1997. (5) Scientific collaborations - the construction of a common language between physicists and archeologists, conservators and other professionals involved in this area is an endeavor of mutual continuous learning and necessary conditions for the success of the projects. (author)

  9. 北周考古的新发现——《北周田弘墓》述评

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    马晓玲

    2012-01-01

    The excavation report tianhong tomb of North Zhou Dynasty compiled by the yuanzhou jointly Archaeology team. describes all the remains and relics unearthed from tianhong tomb. It makes a multi - angle discussions on related problems in Physical Anthropology, Zooarehaeology, Botany, Archaeometry, Philology, and so on.%由原州联合考古队编辑而成的考古发掘报告《北周田弘墓》,不仅对该墓所有的遗迹、遗物进行了描述,还集合了体质人类学、动物考古学、植物学、科技考古学、文献学等学科的研究成果,对相关问题进行多角度的讨论。

  10. Potential consequences of ion beam analysis on objects from our cultural heritage: An appraisal

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    Zucchiatti, Alessandro, E-mail: alessandro.zucchiatti@uam.es [Centro de Micro Analisis de Materiales, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, c/Faraday 3, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Agullo-Lopez, Fernando [Centro de Micro Analisis de Materiales, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, c/Faraday 3, 28049 Madrid (Spain)

    2012-05-01

    The archaeometric application of IBA is possible because in the majority of cases the working conditions are such that no damage and in particular visible damage is produced on the valuable unique samples. Obviously this does not mean that cultural heritage materials do not experience, like all other, the probe-target interaction and effects, but that the interaction is controllable and kept below safe limits. This work has aimed at establishing within which limits the potential damage is negligible or the analysis is viable on the basis of the benefit/cost ratio, making use of the information which is available not only from archaeometry but also from the more 'aggressive' materials science applications of ion beams.

  11. Metal location and thickness in a multilayered sheet by measuring K{alpha}/K{beta}, L{alpha}/L{beta} and L{alpha}/L{gamma} X-ray ratios

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    Cesareo, Roberto [Dip. di Matematica e Fisica, Universita di Sassari, via Vienna 2, 07100 Sassari (Italy)], E-mail: cesareo@uniss.it; Rizzutto, Marcia A. [Instituto de Fisica, Universidade de Sao Paulo, CEP 0558-090, Sao Paulo (Brazil)], E-mail: rizzutto@dfn.if.usp.br; Brunetti, Antonio [Dip. di Matematica e Fisica, Universita di Sassari, via Vienna 2, 07100 Sassari (Italy)], E-mail: brunetti@uniss.it; Rao, Donepudi V. [Dip. di Matematica e Fisica, Universita di Sassari, via Vienna 2, 07100 Sassari (Italy); Dept. of Physics, SIR CRR Autonomous College, Eluru, AP (India)], E-mail: donepudi_venkateswararao@rediffmail.com

    2009-09-01

    When a multilayered material is analyzed by means of energy-dispersive X-ray fluorescence analysis, then the X-ray ratios of K{alpha}/K{beta}, or L{alpha}/L{beta} and L{alpha}/L{gamma}, for an element in the multilayered material, depend on the composition and thickness of the layer in which the element is situated, and on the composition and thickness of the superimposed layer (or layers). Multilayered samples are common in archaeometry, for example, in the case of pigment layers in paintings, or in the case of gilded or silvered alloys. The latter situation is examined in detail in the present paper, with a specific reference to pre-Columbian alloys from various museums in the north of Peru.

  12. Characterization of the Teotihuacan mural painting: application of the external particle beam as non destructive technique; Caracterizacion de la pintura mural Teotihuacana: aplicacion de haz de particulas externo como tecnica no destructiva

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    Martinez, C.; Manzanilla, L. [Instituto de Investigaciones Antropologicas, UNAM, 04510 Mexico D.F. (Mexico); Ruvalcaba, J.L. [IFUNAM, 04510 Mexico D.F. (Mexico); Ontalba, M.A. [Centro Nacional de Aceleradores, Sevilla (Spain)

    2005-07-01

    The characterization of technical indicators contained in the painting mural should follow a minim methodology from their discovery in the archaeological excavations until their analysis in the laboratory, with the purpose of rescuing diagnostic elements that mark the stages of socio cultural development in the towns. With this spirit it was carried out the present study analyzing some fragments of the Teotihuacan mural painting. The analysis consisted on applying some of the analytical techniques with particle beams used for archaeometry like the Proton induced X-ray emission (PIXE) and the particle elastic backscattering (RBS), due to it is treated of complementary techniques, very sensitive, of multielemental character, but mainly because its are non destructive analytical techniques. (Author)

  13. Mobile Raman spectroscopy in astrobiology research.

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    Vandenabeele, Peter; Jehlička, Jan

    2014-12-13

    Raman spectroscopy has proved to be a very useful technique in astrobiology research. Especially, working with mobile instrumentation during fieldwork can provide useful experiences in this field. In this work, we provide an overview of some important aspects of this research and, apart from defining different types of mobile Raman spectrometers, we highlight different reasons for this research. These include gathering experience and testing of mobile instruments, the selection of target molecules and to develop optimal data processing techniques for the identification of the spectra. We also identify the analytical techniques that it would be most appropriate to combine with Raman spectroscopy to maximize the obtained information and the synergy that exists with Raman spectroscopy research in other research areas, such as archaeometry and forensics.

  14. Energy dispersive x-ray fluorescence analysis of latin-american pottery

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    Energy Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence Analysis (EDXRF) induced by low power X- Ray tubes provides relatively inexpensive, fast and quantitative method of analysis with good reproducibility and sensitivity, in the field of archaeometry in general and for the analysis of ceramics in particular. Ancient Latin-American potteries have been analyzed: tupiguarani Brazilian pottery from the Fazenda Sta Dalmacia, Cambe', city; Mayan pottery from the Yucatan, Mexico, tainos cuban pottery, from Baracoa region. Minor and trace elements have been identified, that can be classified into three groups, following their atomic number and the EDXRF excitation energy: elements with low atomic number, such as K, Ca, Ti, Cr, Mn, Fe, Ni, Cu, Zn; elements with medium atomic number such as Rb, Sr, Y, and Zr; and Ba

  15. Max-Planck-Institute for Nuclear Physics. Annual report 1986

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    This annual report contains short descriptions of the research performed at the given institute together with an extensive list of publications. The research in nuclear physics is concerned with developments in accelerators and ion sources, radiation detectors, solid-state studies by nuclear methods, counting circuits, data processing, target preparation, fission, fusion, and nuclear friction, giant resonances, nuclear spectroscopy, nuclear reaction mechanisms, atomic physics and interaction of charged particles with matter, medium and high energy physics. The research in cosmophysics works on meteorites and lunar rocks, the gallium-solar-neutrino experiment (project GALLEX), problems of Halley's comet, interplanetary and interstellar dust, planetary atmospheres, interstellar medium and cosmic rays, molecular collision processes in the gas phase, nuclear geology and geochemistry, and archaeometry. (GG)

  16. Accelerator-based research activities at 'Centro Nacional de Aceleradores', Seville (Spain)

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    Respaldiza, M.A. [Centro Nacional de Aceleradores, Avd. Thomas A. Edison 7, E-41092 Sevilla (Spain); Departmento de Fisica Atomica, Molecular y Nuclear, Universidad de Sevilla, Sevilla (Spain)], E-mail: respaldiza@us.es; Ager, F.J. [Centro Nacional de Aceleradores, Avd. Thomas A. Edison 7, E-41092 Sevilla (Spain); Departmento de Fisica Aplicada I, Universidad de Sevilla, Sevilla (Spain); Carmona, A. [Centro Nacional de Aceleradores, Avd. Thomas A. Edison 7, E-41092 Sevilla (Spain); Laboratoire de Chimie Nucleaire Analytique et Bioenvironnementale, Universite de Bordeaux (France); Ferrer, J. [Centro Nacional de Aceleradores, Avd. Thomas A. Edison 7, E-41092 Sevilla (Spain); Garcia-Leon, M.; Garcia-Lopez, J. [Centro Nacional de Aceleradores, Avd. Thomas A. Edison 7, E-41092 Sevilla (Spain); Departmento de Fisica Atomica, Molecular y Nuclear, Universidad de Sevilla, Sevilla (Spain); Garcia-Orellana, I. [Centro Nacional de Aceleradores, Avd. Thomas A. Edison 7, E-41092 Sevilla (Spain); Gomez-Tubio, B. [Centro Nacional de Aceleradores, Avd. Thomas A. Edison 7, E-41092 Sevilla (Spain); Departmento de Fisica Aplicada III, Universidad de Sevilla, Sevilla (Spain); Morilla, Y. [Centro Nacional de Aceleradores, Avd. Thomas A. Edison 7, E-41092 Sevilla (Spain); Ontalba, M.A. [Centro Nacional de Aceleradores, Avd. Thomas A. Edison 7, E-41092 Sevilla (Spain); Departmento de Fisica, Universidad de Extremadura, Caceres (Spain); Ortega-Feliu, I. [Centro Nacional de Aceleradores, Avd. Thomas A. Edison 7, E-41092 Sevilla (Spain); Departmento de Fisica Atomica, Molecular y Nuclear, Universidad de Sevilla, Sevilla (Spain)

    2008-05-15

    In February 1998, almost 10 years ago, the set-up of the first IBA (ion beam analysis) facility in Spain took place with the arrival of a 3 MV tandem accelerator [J. Garcia-Lopez, F.J. Ager, M. Barbadillo-Rank, F.J. Madrigal, M.A. Ontalba, M.A. Respaldiza, M.D. Ynsa, Nucl. Instr. and Meth. B 161-163 (2000) 1137]. Since then, an intensive research program using IBA techniques has been carried out. Subsequently, a cyclotron for 18 MeV protons has been also installed at the 'Centro Nacional de Aceleradores' (CNA), devoted mainly to isotope production for PET (positron emission tomography) techniques, but possibly applied to material analysis and damage studies on a dedicated beam line. Moreover, a 1 MV tandem has been recently installed for AMS (accelerator mass spectrometry) {sup 14}C dating and environmental research with other isotopes. In the present paper we describe the new facilities and the developments of the 3 MV tandem beam lines occurred during the past years, as well as some examples of the most recent research activities in our Center in the fields of Material Science, Archaeometry, Biomedicine and Environment.

  17. Integrated analytical methodologies for the study of corrosion processes in archaeological bronzes

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    Alberghina, Maria Francesca; Barraco, Rosita; Brai, Maria; Schillaci, Tiziano, E-mail: tschillaci@unipa.it; Tranchina, Luigi

    2011-02-15

    The investigations on structure and micro-chemical composition of archaeological metal alloys are needed in archaeometry. The aim of this study is devoted both to acquire information about their provenance and production technology, and to improve our understanding about the corrosion processes. In this paper we present the study of the corrosion phenomena of bronze samples, laboratory-made according to binary, ternary and quaternary alloys typical of Roman archaeometallurgical production through an integrated methodology based on the use of non or micro invasive physical techniques. Among the analysed samples, two were artificially aged through burial in the archaeological site of Tharros, along the west coast of Sardinia (Italy). The corrosion products, typical of the bronzes in archaeological sites near the sea, have been characterized by non invasive and micro-destructive measurements. In particular, the corrosion patinas were examined through optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and microanalysis, X-ray fluorescence and laser ablation spectroscopy. The use of integrated technologies allowed us to determine both the elemental composition and surface morphology of the patina, highlighting the correlation between patina nature and chemical composition of the burial context. Moreover, data obtained by the laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy along the depth profile on the samples, have yielded information about the stratigraphic layers of corrosion products and their growth. Finally, the depth profiles allowed us to verify both the chemical elements constituting the patina, the metal ions constituting the alloy and the occurrence of migration phenomena from bulk to the surface.

  18. Influence of the distribution of nitrides in the hardness of ancient swords

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    Santos, Hellen C.; Added, Nemitala; Fantini, Marcia C.A. [Universidade de Sao Paulo (DFN/IF/USP), SP (Brazil). Inst. de Fisica. Dept. de Fisica Nuclear

    2010-07-01

    The aim of this work is correlate the depth profile of nitrogen in the blade of ancient swords with their hardness, and specifies the composition of steel alloy. The depth profile of nitrogen will be obtained using the resonances in production of {gamma} rays (4.43 MeV) for the reaction {sup 15}N(p, {alpha}{gamma}){sup 12}C. The samples (a Hindu sword, a Japanese sword and standard samples) will be also characterized using the technique PIXE to identify the concentration of major elements and trace elements of the steel alloy used in the manufacturing of each ancient sword. In order to evaluate other influences, we will perform crystallographic investigations using XRD to identify the crystalline surface phase, as well as radiograph the pieces using X-ray to check how the internal structure of the each sword grip is. The work will be executed in collaboration with the researcher Diogo Emiliano who will supply the swords. This study adds to archaeometry a method to evaluate ductility and hardness among swords from different culture and ages. (author)

  19. Limitations of portable XRF implementations in evaluating depth information: an archaeometric perspective

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    Gianoncelli, A. [Centre de Recherche et de Restauration des Musees de France, CNRS - UMR 171, Paris (France); ELETTRA - Sincrotrone Trieste, X-ray Microscopy Section, Trieste-Basovizza (Italy); Kourousias, G. [University of London, School of Physical Sciences and Engineering, King' s College London, London (United Kingdom)

    2007-12-15

    Portable instruments that can perform non-destructive analysis techniques are of great importance due to their high applicability, which can extend beyond the controlled laboratory environment. Their importance has long been recognised in the archaeometric field where art historians, conservators and restorers perform analyses on art works without causing any damage and without the need to move the objects to specialized laboratories. The X-ray fluorescence (XRF) technique is a popular choice in the archaeometric field for in situ investigations with portable instrumentations. This enables qualitative (elemental analysis) and quantitative (chemical composition) information retrieval from the objects of interest. Quantitative analyses can be performed under the assumption that the sample is homogeneous and its surface material is the same as in the rest of the object. This work aims to expose various details, including the strengths and the weaknesses of typical XRF analyses in the case of surface alterations, focusing on portable implementations. The chosen approach will be in line with certain issues considered important in archaeometry; nevertheless the presented findings are valid beyond this. We will focus our discussion on two kinds of objects that can be found in the cultural heritage field: artefacts that had their surface material altered due to prolonged exposure to the environment and artefacts that have been gilded. Our work also includes a critically examined overview of relevant information available in the literature. The core of our analysis focuses on two main distinct cases, that of multilayer objects and that of bronzes. (orig.)

  20. SQUID technology for geophysical exploration

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    Meyer, H.G.; Stolz, R.; Chwala, A.; Linzen, S.; Schultze, V. [Inst. for Physical High Technology, Jena (Germany)

    2007-07-01

    Magnetic measurements are widely used for geophysical exploration. The fields of applications are ranging from mineral exploration, environmental and military monitoring to archaeometry. During the past few years several SQUID systems for geomagnetic measurements have been developed and successfully tested. Compared to conventional systems their outstanding performance was demonstrated. The latest of such systems are mainly based on LTS SQUIDs and shall be summarized here. Airborne geophysics is extremely interesting in prospecting, since they allow effectively covering large areas with sufficiently high spatial resolution in a short period of time. Geomagnetics detects basically anomalies of the Earth's magnetic field. In order to use sensitive SQUID gradiometers in airborne applications a high common mode rejection is necessary, since the parasitic areas of the SQUID gradiometer lead to motion noise if the gradiometer is tilted in the Earth's magnetic field. The recently developed planar LTS SQUID gradiometers with a base length of 3.5 cm show an intrinsic balance of about 10{sup 4}. In this way a noise limited gradient field resolution better than 100 fT/[m.{radical}(Hz)] down to 0.1 Hz is achieved. By means of the airborne SQUID system the complete gradient tensor of the Earth's magnetic field was measured with superior accuracy never reached so far. (orig.)

  1. Physicochemical characterization of ceramics from Sao Paulo II archaeological site; Caracterizacao fisico-quimica da ceramica do sitio arqueologico Sao Paulo II

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    Ribeiro, Rogerio Baria

    2013-08-01

    Archaeometry is a consolidated field with a wide application of nuclear analytical techniques for the characterization, protection, and restoration of archaeological pieces. This project aimed at studying the elementary chemical composition of 70 ceramic fragments samples from Sao Paulo II archaeological site, located along the Solimoes River channel, next to Coari city, in Brazilian Amazon. The characterization of samples was performed by neutron activation analysis (NAA). By the determination of 24 elements in the ceramic fragments ( Ce, Co, Cr, Cs, Eu, Fe, Hf, K, La, Lu, Na, Nd, Sb, Sm. Rb, Se, Ta, Tb, Th, U, Yb and Zn), it was possible to define groups of samples regarding the similarity/dissimilarity in elementary chemical composition. For such a task, the multivariate statistical methods employed were cluster analysis (C A), principal component analysis (PCA) and discriminant analysis (DA). Afterwards, seven ceramic fragments were selected based on the groups previously established, for the characterization of the site temporal horizon. Those ceramic fragments were analyzed by thermoluminescence (TL) and EPR for dating purposes. The firing temperatures were determined by electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) technique, in order to infer about some aspects of the ceramic manufacture employed by the ancient peoples that lived in Sao Paulo 11. By the results obtained in this study, it was possible to identify the quantity of clay sources employed by the ceramists and the age of the ceramic pieces. Therefore, the results of this research may contribute to the study on the occupation dynamics in the pre-colonial Brazilian Amazon. (author)

  2. Combined PIXE/PIGE and IBIL with external beam applied to the analysis of Merovingian glass beads

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    Mathis, F., E-mail: francois.mathis@ulg.ac.b [Centre Europeen d' Archeometrie, Universite de Liege, Sart Tilman B15 4000 Liege (Belgium); Othmane, G. [Centre Europeen d' Archeometrie, Universite de Liege, Sart Tilman B15 4000 Liege (Belgium); Vrielynck, O. [Service Public de Wallonie Direction de l' Archeologie (Belgium); Calvo del Castillo, H. [Centre Europeen d' Archeometrie, Universite de Liege, Sart Tilman B15 4000 Liege (Belgium); Chene, G.; Dupuis, T. [Centre Europeen d' Archeometrie, Universite de Liege, Sart Tilman B15 4000 Liege (Belgium); Institut de Physique Nucleaire, Atomique et de Spectroscopie, Universite de Liege (Belgium); Strivay, D. [Centre Europeen d' Archeometrie, Universite de Liege, Sart Tilman B15 4000 Liege (Belgium); Service Public de Wallonie Direction de l' Archeologie (Belgium)

    2010-06-15

    New improvements on our archaeometry line at the cyclotron of the Institute of Nuclear and Atomic Physics and of Spectrometry of the University of Liege have allowed the use of PIXE/PIGE and IBIL in-air for the analysis of cultural heritage objects. The extraction is performed through a 100 nm thick Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} window. The detection set-up consists now of two X-ray and one {gamma}-ray detectors, together with a fiber optic UV-visible spectrometer. This set-up has already been tested for the analysis of modern corundum and is now adapted to the analysis of archaeological artefacts. In this work, we have used it to analyse 216 out of the 5000 Merovingian glass beads that come from the necropolis of Bossut-Gottechain (Belgium), one of the most important ever found in Belgium. The IBA analyses confirmed the typological division of different beads groups through chemical composition that gives us new insights on fabrication techniques of glass matrices and colorants.

  3. X-ray production cross-sections measurements for high-energy alpha particle beams: New dedicated set-up and first results with aluminum

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    Dupuis, T., E-mail: T.Dupuis@ulg.ac.be [Centre Europeen d' Archeometrie, Atomique et Spectroscopie, Universite de Liege, Sart Tilman B15, B-4000 Liege (Belgium); Institut de Physique Nucleaire, Atomique et Spectroscopie, Universite de Liege, Sart Tilman B15, B-4000 Liege (Belgium); Chene, G., E-mail: Gregoire.Chene@ulg.ac.be [Centre Europeen d' Archeometrie, Atomique et Spectroscopie, Universite de Liege, Sart Tilman B15, B-4000 Liege (Belgium); Institut de Physique Nucleaire, Atomique et Spectroscopie, Universite de Liege, Sart Tilman B15, B-4000 Liege (Belgium); Mathis, F., E-mail: Francois.Mathis@ulg.ac.be [Centre Europeen d' Archeometrie, Atomique et Spectroscopie, Universite de Liege, Sart Tilman B15, B-4000 Liege (Belgium); Institut de Physique Nucleaire, Atomique et Spectroscopie, Universite de Liege, Sart Tilman B15, B-4000 Liege (Belgium); and others

    2011-12-15

    The 'IPNAS' laboratory, in collaboration with the 'Centre Europeen d'Archeometrie' is partly focused on material analysis by means of IBA techniques: PIXE, PIGE and RBS. A new transport beam line has been developed at our CGR-520 MeV cyclotron to analyze Cultural Heritage objects using these techniques. This facility allows us to produce proton and alpha particle beams with energies up to 20 MeV. A vacuum chamber dedicated to X-ray production and Non-Rutherford cross-section measurements has been recently constructed. After determination of the chamber's geometry for X-ray detection using thin foils of several elements (11 Less-Than-Or-Slanted-Equal-To Z Less-Than-Or-Slanted-Equal-To 82) and 3 MeV proton beams, the measurement of the X-ray production cross-sections in the 6-12 MeV energy range has started using alpha particle beams on light element targets. These experiments contribute to the filling a serious lack of experimental values for alpha particles of this particular energy range in databases. The recent decision to focus our work on the alpha particle interaction with light elements was taken because of the high interest of the low Z elements in the field of archaeometry.

  4. CHARACTERIZATION OF HELLENISTIC PERIOD MEGARIAN BOWLS FROM DORYLAION

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    HAKAN SİVAS

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available The excavation works being carried out since 1989 at Dorylaion (Eskişehir/Turkey results in many findings belonging to different civilizations spanning from the First Bronze age to Ottoman period. One of the important groups of these findings is the moldmade bowls, familiarly known as the Megarian bowls from the Hellenistic period (330-30 B.C.. In a frame of an archaeometry project work, these artifacts were characterized with different analytical techniques. Wavelength dispersive X-ray fluorescence (WDXRF and X-ray diffraction (XRD were used to study chemical and mineralogical composition of the bodies. Thermogravimetric-differential thermal analyses (TG-DTA were performed to make the estimation of firing temperature of the sherds. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM and energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDX were performed for the microstructural and microchemical characterization of body and slip layers of the selected potsherds. Based on the analyses results, the bowls should have been prepared from carbonated and siliceous clays and fired at the temperatures from 600 to 1000 °C. They have also iron-rich slip layers with different colors indicating probable adjustment of the redox conditions during firing. In addition, the effect of maximum firing temperature on microstructural characteristics was evaluated.

  5. Ion beam, photon and hyperfine methods in nano-structured materials

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    Araujo, Joao Pedro [Porto Univ. (Portugal); Degmova, Jarmila [Slovak Univ. of Technology, Bratislava (Czechoslovakia); Haranczyk, Hubert [Jagiellonian Univ., Krakow (PL)] (and others)

    2009-07-01

    The following topics were dealt with: Nuclear methods in archaeometry, hyperfine interaction, perturbed angular correlation, ion-solid interaction, ion-beam physics, PIXE and NRA, determination of structures with ion beams, Moessbauer-effect studies, X-ray techniques for studies of thin films and surfaces, RBS channeling, neutron scattering, positron annihilation, RBS and ERDA, nuclear resonant scattering of synchrotron radiation, elementary particles in condensed-matter research, nuclear magnetic resonance, H-ion PIXE on zirconia thin films, proton beam micromachining, the production of liquid monolayers on a liquid surface, perturbed-angular-correlation measurements in AgCrO{sub 2}, ferromagnetic-resonance studies of Fe/FePt coupled films, X-ray spectroscopy of cobalt ferrites, bound-water freezing in thalli of Cetraria aculeata (schreb.) Fr. by proton relaxation, NMR relaxation measurements in the study of oxidative processes in blood serum, study of of mechanical properties of polycrystalline materials using neutron diffraction, xenon behaviour in ZrC. (HSI)

  6. Application of ICP-MS trace element analysis in study of ancient Chinese ceramics

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    2003-01-01

    Thirty-nine trace elements of the Song-Yuan period (960-1368 AD) porcelain bodies from Cizhou, Jizhou and Longquanwu kilns were analyzed with ICP-MS, a technique rarely used in Chinese archaeometry, to investigate its potential application in such studies. Trace element compositions clearly reflect the distinctive raw materials and their mineralogy at the three kilns and allow their products to be distinguished. Significant chemical variations are also observed between Yuan and Song-Jing dynasties samples from Cizhou as well as fine and coarse porcelain bodies from Longquanwu. In Cizhou, porcelains of better quality which imitate the famous Ding kiln have trace element features distinctive from ordinary Cizhou products, that indicates geochemically distinctive raw materials were used and which possibly also underwent extra refining prior to use. The distinct trace element features of different kilns and the various types of porcelains from an individual kiln can be interpreted from a geochemical perspective. ICP-MS can provide a large amount of valuable information about ancient Chinese ceramics as it is capable of analyzing >40 elements with a typical of precision < 2%.

  7. Identification of milk component in ancient food residue by proteomics.

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    Chuan Hong

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Proteomic approaches based on mass spectrometry have been recently used in archaeological and art researches, generating promising results for protein identification. Little information is known about eastward spread and eastern limits of prehistoric milking in eastern Eurasia. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDING: In this paper, an ancient visible food remain from Subeixi Cemeteries (cal. 500 to 300 years BC of the Turpan Basin in Xinjiang, China, preliminarily determined containing 0.432 mg/kg cattle casein with ELISA, was analyzed by using an improved method based on liquid chromatography (LC coupled with MALDI-TOF/TOF-MS to further identify protein origin. The specific sequence of bovine casein and the homology sequence of goat/sheep casein were identified. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: The existence of milk component in ancient food implies goat/sheep and cattle milking in ancient Subeixi region, the furthest eastern location of prehistoric milking in the Old World up to date. It is envisioned that this work provides a new approach for ancient residue analysis and other archaeometry field.

  8. Radiative neutron capture as a counting technique at pulsed spallation neutron sources: a review of current progress

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    Schooneveld, E. M.; Pietropaolo, A.; Andreani, C.; Perelli Cippo, E.; Rhodes, N. J.; Senesi, R.; Tardocchi, M.; Gorini, G.

    2016-09-01

    Neutron scattering techniques are attracting an increasing interest from scientists in various research fields, ranging from physics and chemistry to biology and archaeometry. The success of these neutron scattering applications is stimulated by the development of higher performance instrumentation. The development of new techniques and concepts, including radiative capture based neutron detection, is therefore a key issue to be addressed. Radiative capture based neutron detectors utilize the emission of prompt gamma rays after neutron absorption in a suitable isotope and the detection of those gammas by a photon counter. They can be used as simple counters in the thermal region and (simultaneously) as energy selector and counters for neutrons in the eV energy region. Several years of extensive development have made eV neutron spectrometers operating in the so-called resonance detector spectrometer (RDS) configuration outperform their conventional counterparts. In fact, the VESUVIO spectrometer, a flagship instrument at ISIS serving a continuous user programme for eV inelastic neutron spectroscopy measurements, is operating in the RDS configuration since 2007. In this review, we discuss the physical mechanism underlying the RDS configuration and the development of associated instrumentation. A few successful neutron scattering experiments that utilize the radiative capture counting techniques will be presented together with the potential of this technique for thermal neutron diffraction measurements. We also outline possible improvements and future perspectives for radiative capture based neutron detectors in neutron scattering application at pulsed neutron sources.

  9. Limitations of portable XRF implementations in evaluating depth information: an archaeometric perspective

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    Portable instruments that can perform non-destructive analysis techniques are of great importance due to their high applicability, which can extend beyond the controlled laboratory environment. Their importance has long been recognised in the archaeometric field where art historians, conservators and restorers perform analyses on art works without causing any damage and without the need to move the objects to specialized laboratories. The X-ray fluorescence (XRF) technique is a popular choice in the archaeometric field for in situ investigations with portable instrumentations. This enables qualitative (elemental analysis) and quantitative (chemical composition) information retrieval from the objects of interest. Quantitative analyses can be performed under the assumption that the sample is homogeneous and its surface material is the same as in the rest of the object. This work aims to expose various details, including the strengths and the weaknesses of typical XRF analyses in the case of surface alterations, focusing on portable implementations. The chosen approach will be in line with certain issues considered important in archaeometry; nevertheless the presented findings are valid beyond this. We will focus our discussion on two kinds of objects that can be found in the cultural heritage field: artefacts that had their surface material altered due to prolonged exposure to the environment and artefacts that have been gilded. Our work also includes a critically examined overview of relevant information available in the literature. The core of our analysis focuses on two main distinct cases, that of multilayer objects and that of bronzes. (orig.)

  10. Wavelength resolved neutron transmission analysis to identify single crystal particles in historical metallurgy

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    Barzagli, E.; Grazzi, F.; Salvemini, F.; Scherillo, A.; Sato, H.; Shinohara, T.; Kamiyama, T.; Kiyanagi, Y.; Tremsin, A.; Zoppi, Marco

    2014-07-01

    The phase composition and the microstructure of four ferrous Japanese arrows of the Edo period (17th-19th century) has been determined through two complementary neutron techniques: Position-sensitive wavelength-resolved neutron transmission analysis (PS-WRNTA) and time-of-flight neutron diffraction (ToF-ND). Standard ToF-ND technique has been applied by using the INES diffractometer at the ISIS pulsed neutron source in the UK, while the innovative PS-WRNTA one has been performed at the J-PARC neutron source on the BL-10 NOBORU beam line using the high spatial high time resolution neutron imaging detector. With ToF-ND we were able to reach information about the quantitative distribution of the metal and non-metal phases, the texture level, the strain level and the domain size of each of the samples, which are important parameters to gain knowledge about the technological level of the Japanese weapon. Starting from this base of data, the more complex PS-WRNTA has been applied to the same samples. This experimental technique exploits the presence of the so-called Bragg edges, in the time-of-flight spectrum of neutrons transmitted through crystalline materials, to map the microstructural properties of samples. The two techniques are non-invasive and can be easily applied to archaeometry for an accurate microstructure mapping of metal and ceramic artifacts.

  11. The archaeometric study of ceramic materials in JCR journals and conference proceedings during the last decade (2000-2010)

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    Pena-Poza, J.; Garcia-Heras, M.; Villegas, M. A.

    2011-07-01

    Ceramic is the oldest synthetic material created by the mankind and has been present in human societies from around ten thousand years ago. During the last few decades, within the research field of Archaeometry, the study of archaeological and historical ceramic materials has experienced a significant increase in the application of chemical-physical techniques to obtain information on technology and production of these materials in the past. This paper presents the results obtained in a biblio metric study undertaken on 589 articles published on this subject in JCR journals and conference proceedings during the last decade (2000-2010). The main purpose of this research was to address the recent evolution and trends of this kind of investigations. The parameters analyzed were: date of publication, type of journal, topic, cultural-chronological classification of materials studied, origin country of authors, and analytical techniques used. Resulting data indicated a continual, stable, and growing publication rate on the subject in journals and conference proceedings of the three JCR indexes, namely SCI, AHCI, and SSCI, which evidences a high level of interdisciplinary. Authors from Europe and the United States carried out the majority of contributions. (Author) 30 refs.

  12. Application of the variable incident angle method for PIXE and Pige in the field of arrhythmic

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    For several years PIGE (particle induced gamma-ray emission) and PIXE(particle induced X-ray emission) have been considered as very suitable methods in the field of archaeometry. In fact these techniques, used under atmospheric pressure, are sensitive, multielemental and above all nondestructive. However both suffer from the same disadvantage: the information coming from the different part of the charged particle path is integrated and the inhomogeneities of the sample are not taken into account. The present paper shows how the use of several measurements at different incident angle could give an answer to this problem. The incident angle variation allows to investigate the material at different depths and then, either to distinguish between the elements belonging to the successive layers or even to deduce the concentration gradient. Several examples are given for PIXE in the case of multilayered painting, the measurements qualitatively show the stratigraphy and then allow to detect over painting or to understand how the artist has proceeded to obtain some special effects. For PIGE, the possibility to measure the evolution of the sodium concentration in the depth of ancient glasses allows to obtain information about the corrosion status. For achieving this work, the CGRMEV AVF cyclotron and the atmospheric PIGE-PIXE set-up of the (Institut de Physique Nucleare et Atomique et de Spectroscopy) have been used

  13. Radiative neutron capture as a counting technique at pulsed spallation neutron sources: a review of current progress.

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    Schooneveld, E M; Pietropaolo, A; Andreani, C; Perelli Cippo, E; Rhodes, N J; Senesi, R; Tardocchi, M; Gorini, G

    2016-09-01

    Neutron scattering techniques are attracting an increasing interest from scientists in various research fields, ranging from physics and chemistry to biology and archaeometry. The success of these neutron scattering applications is stimulated by the development of higher performance instrumentation. The development of new techniques and concepts, including radiative capture based neutron detection, is therefore a key issue to be addressed. Radiative capture based neutron detectors utilize the emission of prompt gamma rays after neutron absorption in a suitable isotope and the detection of those gammas by a photon counter. They can be used as simple counters in the thermal region and (simultaneously) as energy selector and counters for neutrons in the eV energy region. Several years of extensive development have made eV neutron spectrometers operating in the so-called resonance detector spectrometer (RDS) configuration outperform their conventional counterparts. In fact, the VESUVIO spectrometer, a flagship instrument at ISIS serving a continuous user programme for eV inelastic neutron spectroscopy measurements, is operating in the RDS configuration since 2007. In this review, we discuss the physical mechanism underlying the RDS configuration and the development of associated instrumentation. A few successful neutron scattering experiments that utilize the radiative capture counting techniques will be presented together with the potential of this technique for thermal neutron diffraction measurements. We also outline possible improvements and future perspectives for radiative capture based neutron detectors in neutron scattering application at pulsed neutron sources. PMID:27502571

  14. Determination of gamma ray attenuation coefficient of archaeological ceramics from Parana State, Brazil

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    This work demonstrates an alternative methodology for the linear attenuation coefficient determination (μρ) of irregular form samples. This methodology aims the study of indigenous archaeological ceramics from the region of Londrina, North of Parana State, Brazil. These ceramics are from Padre Carlos Weiss Historic Museum, Londrina University and belong to the Kaingaing tradition. Firstly, μρ determination by two mean method was performed by the gamma ray beam attenuation of the immersed ceramics, by using two different means with well-known linear attenuation coefficient. Beyond, the deduction of the equation for the μρ determination by the two-means methods, was also realized. By the other side, μρ theoretical value was determined with the XCOM computer program. This program uses the ceramics chemistry composition and provides an energy versus mass attenuation coefficient table. To verify the two-means method efficiency, five ceramics sample of thickness 1.15 cm and 1.87 cm were prepared with homogeneous clay. Theses ceramics, we used for the μρ determination using the attenuation method, and two-means method. The results and the μρ obtained deviation were compared for these samples, for the two methods. With the obtained results, it was concluded that the two-means method is applicable for the mass attenuation coefficient determination for the archaeometry studies. (author). 6 refs., 1 fig., 5 tabs

  15. Some results about the dating of pre hispanic mexican ceramics by the thermoluminescence method; Algunos resultados sobre el fechamiento de ceramica prehispanica mexicana por el metodo de termoluminiscencia

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    Gonzalez M, P.; Mendoza A, D. [ININ, 52045 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico); Ramirez L, A.; Schaaf, P. [Instituto de Geofisica, UNAM, 04510 Mexico D.F. (Mexico)

    2004-07-01

    One of the most frequently recurring questions in Archaeometry concerns the age of the studied objects. The some first dating methods were based in historical narrations, style of buildings manufacture techniques. However, has been observed that as consequence the continuous irradiation from naturally occurring radioisotopes and from cosmic rays some materials, such as archaeological ceramic, accumulate certain quantity of energy. These types of material can, in principle, be dated through the analysis of these accumulate energy. In that case, ceramic dating can be realized by thermoluminescence (TL) dating. In this work, results obtained by our research group about TL dating of ceramic belonging to several archaeological zones like to Edzna (Campeche), Calixtlahuaca and Teotenango (Mexico State) and Hervideros (Durango) are presented. The analysis was realized using the fine grained mode in a Daybreak model 1100 reader TL system. The radioisotopes that contribute in the accumulate annual dose in ceramic samples ({sup 40} K, {sup 238} U, {sup 232} Th) were determined by means of techniques such as Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS) and Neutron Activation Analysis (AAN). Our results are agree with results obtained through other methods. (Author) 7 refs., 2 tabs., 5 figs.

  16. Physicochemical characterization of ceramics from Sao Paulo II archaeological site

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    Archaeometry is a consolidated field with a wide application of nuclear analytical techniques for the characterization, protection, and restoration of archaeological pieces. This project aimed at studying the elementary chemical composition of 70 ceramic fragments samples from Sao Paulo II archaeological site, located along the Solimoes River channel, next to Coari city, in Brazilian Amazon. The characterization of samples was performed by neutron activation analysis (NAA). By the determination of 24 elements in the ceramic fragments ( Ce, Co, Cr, Cs, Eu, Fe, Hf, K, La, Lu, Na, Nd, Sb, Sm. Rb, Se, Ta, Tb, Th, U, Yb and Zn), it was possible to define groups of samples regarding the similarity/dissimilarity in elementary chemical composition. For such a task, the multivariate statistical methods employed were cluster analysis (C A), principal component analysis (PCA) and discriminant analysis (DA). Afterwards, seven ceramic fragments were selected based on the groups previously established, for the characterization of the site temporal horizon. Those ceramic fragments were analyzed by thermoluminescence (TL) and EPR for dating purposes. The firing temperatures were determined by electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) technique, in order to infer about some aspects of the ceramic manufacture employed by the ancient peoples that lived in Sao Paulo 11. By the results obtained in this study, it was possible to identify the quantity of clay sources employed by the ceramists and the age of the ceramic pieces. Therefore, the results of this research may contribute to the study on the occupation dynamics in the pre-colonial Brazilian Amazon. (author)

  17. Evaluation of portable Raman spectroscopy and handheld X-ray fluorescence analysis (hXRF) for the direct analysis of glyptics

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    Lauwers, D.; Candeias, A.; Coccato, A.; Mirao, J.; Moens, L.; Vandenabeele, P.

    2016-03-01

    In archaeometry, the advantages of a combined use of Raman spectroscopy and X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy are extensively discussed for applications such as the analysis of paintings, manuscripts, pottery, etc. Here, we demonstrate for the first time the advantage of using both techniques for analysing glyptics. These engraved gemstones or glass materials were originally used as stamps, to identify the owner, for instance on letters, but also on wine vessels. For this research, a set of 64 glyptics (42 Roman glass specimens and 22 modern ones), belonging to the collection of the museum 'Quinta das Cruzes' in Funchal (Madeira, Portugal), was analysed with portable Raman spectroscopy and handheld X-ray fluorescence (hXRF). These techniques were also used to confirm the gemological identification of these precious objects and can give extra information about the glass composition. Raman spectroscopy identifies the molecular composition as well as on the crystalline phases present. On the other hand, hXRF results show that the antique Roman glass samples are characterised with low Pb and Sn levels and that the modern specimens can be discriminated in two groups: lead-based and non-lead-based ones.

  18. In situ applications of X ray fluorescence techniques. Final report of a coordinated research project 2000-2003

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    .This publication presents the results of the CRP. The IAEA officers responsible for the publication were A. Markowicz, D. Wegrzynek and K. Will of the Agency?s Laboratories, Seibersdorf. In the presented reports a summary of the work carried out by Member States and achievements at their laboratories related to the XRF and FPXRF techniques was given. The individual country reports are included in this publication. It was concluded that the participants carried out the research according to the agreed work plans and the objectives of the CRP were met. The following recommendations resulted from the CRP: Training courses in FPXRF analysis and in XRF data evaluation and interpretation are needed. Promotion of FPXRF spectrometry based on the advantages over other analytical techniques as applied for in situ soil analysis, geochemical prospecting, archaeometry and alloy identification is required. Regional Technical Cooperation projects are possible in order to improve implementation of XRF techniques in support of various areas of economy and development in the Member States. A database of certified standard reference materials applicable to XRF techniques is required. Development of dedicated FPXRF instruments for analysis of works of art and study of cultural heritage objects, environmental monitoring, etc., has to be continued. The Coordinated Research Project was very useful and cost effective. Therefore, further support of the XRF laboratories in Member States involved in research in the field of X ray fluorescence is required. Moreover, the uniqueness and potential applications of XRF techniques should be promoted. A new Coordinated Research Project in this field should be considered, e.g., focused on selected applications (such as environmental monitoring, archaeometry, material sciences or agriculture)

  19. On the dose-rate estimate of carbonate-rich sediments for trapped charge dating

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    Nathan, R.P. [Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art, 6 Keble Road, Oxford OX1 3QJ (United Kingdom); Mauz, B. [Department of Geography, University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 7ZT (United Kingdom)], E-mail: mauz@liv.ac.uk

    2008-01-15

    In a wide range of environmental conditions sediments are subject to changing water content and carbonate cementation during burial. Trapped charge dating of these carbonate-rich deposits requires the determination of a dose rate which is not constant during burial because sediments were subject to post-depositional geochemical alterations. The dose-rate model established in this study assumes linear increase of carbonate mass and linear decrease of water mass in pores between sediment particles during burial. Numerical modelling assesses the effect of carbonate and water on the infinite-matrix dose rate as a function of time. Sensitivity testing of the system indicated that water and carbonate content have the greatest effect on the resulting dose rate, followed by the timing of onset and completion of carbonate formation. As a consequence, a comprehensive re-calculation of the water correction factors was undertaken. It revealed a 5% lower value for the annual beta dose and a 10% lower value for the annual gamma dose compared to values formulated by Zimmerman [1971. Thermoluminescence dating using fine grains from pottery. Archaeometry 13, 29-52]. The dose-rate model was tested using samples from geologically well-constrained coastal sites. The differences between onset and final dose rate were up to 30% resulting in differences between modelled and conventional optical ages between 2% and 15% depending on the final (today's) water and carbonate content. The divergence of dates may be greater under certain conditions. The dose-rate model can be applied to a wide range of contexts similar to those considered in this case study.

  20. Famille Rose Porcelain and Nontoxic Famille-Rose Pigments%粉彩瓷与无毒粉彩颜料的研究

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    曹春娥; 陈云霞; 卢希龙

    2011-01-01

    Famille-rose porcelain, one of the famous traditional ceramic genres from Jingdezhen, was introduced briefly in this study. The results and status quo of famille-rose ceramic research in the fields of decorative art, archaeometry and lead reduction were overviewed. New ideas for developing nontoxic famille-rose pigments were put forward, which was necessary for the continuation and furtherance of the famille-rose ceramic heritage. Our group's work on the preparation of nontoxic low-temperature fluxes, lead-free and arsenic-free glassy white, famille-rose colorants with stable color generation by various wet-chemical methods, and new nontoxic famille-rose pigments was described. Finally, the application trends of nontoxic famille-rose pigments were predicted.%对景德镇传统名瓷-粉彩瓷和传统粉彩颜料做了简单介绍,概述了传统粉彩颜料在降铅达标方面的研究成果与现状,提出了要传承、发展粉彩瓷必须使传统粉彩颜料无毒化的新理念.文中主要从无公害低温熔剂的研制、无毒新型玻璃白的研制、采用多种湿化学法制备呈色稳定的粉彩色剂、无毒粉彩颜料的制备等方面叙述了本课题组的研究,并对无毒粉彩颜料的应用前景进行了展望.

  1. Exploration on Teaching Method in the Course of Ancient Ceramic Research%《古陶瓷研究》教学改革初探

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    陈彪; 汪常明; 汪海港; 范安川; 吴又进

    2012-01-01

    It is very important to grasp the fundamental knowledge of ancient ceramics and improve the ability of solving practical problems in ancient ceramic research for the graduate students whose major are ar- chaeometry. Course teaching of "ancient ceramics research" was preliminary explored according to the practi- cal situation of graduate students of archaeometry, an attempt of a new teaching mode in university of Sci- ence and Technology of China indicates that our new teaching method is an effective one.%掌握古陶瓷的相关基础知识及利用基础知识解决古陶瓷研究实际问题的能力,是科技考古专业研究生应掌握和具备的.笔者针对中国科学技术大学科技考古专业研究生的实际情况,对《古陶瓷研究》教学进行了初步改革探索,主要包括增加或深化了陶瓷历史、陶瓷坯料与釉料、陶瓷制作工艺等教学内容,采用理论与实验、实践结合的“三位一体”教学模式,并注重学生学习思维与研究能力的培养,取得了一定的成果.

  2. 古墓葬出土纺织纤维的微观形态结构分析%Microcosmic structure analysis of textile fibers excavated in ancient tombs

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    南普恒; 金普军

    2011-01-01

    利用扫描电镜和偏光显微镜对山西横水西周墓地出土青铜器上残留纺织纤维的微观形态结构进行了显微分析,结合现代纺织学研究成果对其进行了细致的比较研究.结果表明:出土纺织纤维为天然纤维素纤维,分为苎麻和大麻两类,说明西用时期山西南部地区已经采用苎麻、大麻纤维作为纺织原料编制织物.研究结果也表明,显微分析技术非常适合古墓葬出土少量甚至微量纺织品的分析鉴别.%Based on the analysis of scanning electron microscopy ( SEM ) and polarizing microscope methods, qualitative analysis of physical structure on the four textile fibers on surface of the bronze excavated in Hengshui cemetery was realized. Supported by the scientific analysis results and literature of natural textile fibers, it can be concludedthatall the ancient textile fibers are natural cellulose fiber which can be divided into two kinds:ramie and hemp fiber. Moreover, ramie and hemp fiber were used to braid textile in the Southern Shanxi Province West Zhou Dynasty. Furthermore, it was indicated that Microscopy is a more effective archaeometry technique for identifying the ancient minor and trace amount textile fibers research of the textile material.

  3. Some new trends in the ionoluminescence of minerals.

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    Calvo del Castillo, H; Ruvalcaba, J L; Calderón, T

    2007-02-01

    Ionoluminescence (IL) has mainly been used to detect impurities or defects inside synthetic materials. This paper gives a summary of new applications of IL to natural minerals that might be found in ancient pieces of jewellery or decorative artefacts (affreschi, stucchi, mosaics). Some relevant examples of its use for archaeometrical purposes are given to highlight the potential of the technique. Chemical information can be obtained by luminescent characterization of minerals. IL spectra act as digital imprint for elements or defects inside each material, enabling differentiation of natural specimens from imitations and/or synthetic analogues. Crystal field theory indicates it is the coordination number of the emitter inside the crystalline structure that gives information on its valence. Historical confusion between rubies and red spinel can easily be resolved by analysis of IL spectra. Modern synthetic diamonds can also be discriminated and blue sapphire can be distinguished from blue kyanite, a silicate that is currently being sold as its imitation. The technique can also differentiate between the synthetic and the natural gems. Polymorphs can be identified, and it is possible to recognize minerals from isomorphic series (from the same chemical group with the same structure) even when they share the same light emitter (e.g. Mn(2+), in carbonates). High-quality glasses (e.g. laser glasses) which are normally used for faking gemstones can be also detected. We fully believe IL will, in the future, be a powerful technique for determining the crystallinity of solids. This paper gives an overview of possible applications of IL to archaeometry for mineral characterization; this is a new application that still requires further study.

  4. ED-XRF analysis for Cultural Heritage: is quantitative evaluation always essential?

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    Bonizzoni, L.

    2015-07-01

    Energy Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence (ED-XRF) is a very suitable tool for examination of Cultural Heritage materials because of its simplicity, with no requirement for any sample preparation and the possibility of operating with portable instruments, and it can probably be considered the most useful non-destructive analytical technique for ancient valuable objects of archaeological, historical or artistic interest. As regards the possibility of getting quantitative analysis in archaeometric applications, the problems arising from the limited sensitivity in detecting low Z elements, the irregular shape or the non-homogeneous composition of the sample have generated a widespread opinion that only semi-quantitative analyses are possible in XRF applications to archaeometry. In fact, this is always true for non-homogeneous samples as, typically, painting layers. On the contrary, the problems deriving from limited sensitivity in detecting matrix light elements as well as from irregular surface under analysis can be solved in most cases. Notwithstanding, working on unique and not standardized objects requires to pay attention on details and to know how to choose correct parameters and calculation algorithms to obtain reliable results. Indeed opportunities to deal with these objects are very limited and results have implication in other fields, so that each information about materials and production technique is of great interest. Two typical materials of archaeological interest showing particular features are considered - namely high corroded metallic artefacts and ceramics - revealing that, even if in cultural heritage field detailed quantitative analysis is the goal, it is not always necessary as also qualitative information by XRF spectra increase the knowledge of artefact.

  5. μ-XRF analysis of glasses: a non-destructive utility for Cultural Heritage applications.

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    Vaggelli, G; Cossio, R

    2012-02-01

    This paper presents a μ-XRF analytical approach for a non-destructive study of Cultural Heritage glass finds. This technique can be used for quantitative analysis of small volumes of solid samples, with a sensitivity that is superior to the electron microprobe but inferior to an ICP-MS system. An experimental set-up with natural and synthetic glass standards is proposed here for the quantitative analyses of major and trace elements on glass objects which cannot be sampled such as small archaeological or historical artefacts from Cultural Heritage. The described method, performed by means of the commercial μ-XRF Eagle III-XPL, was applied to Islamic glass specimens of Sasanian production (III-VII century A.D.) previously analyzed by ICP-MS and SEM-EDS techniques (P. Mirti, M. Pace, M. Negro Ponzi and M. Aceto, Archaeometry, 2008, 50(3), 429-450; P. Mirti, M. Pace, M. Malandrino and M. Negro Ponzi, J. Archaeol. Sci., 36, 1061-1069; and M. Gulmini, M. Pace, G. Ivaldi, M. Negro Ponzi and P. Mirti, J. Non-Cryst. Solids, 2009, 355, 1613-1621) and coming from the archaeological site of Veh Ardasir in modern Iraq. Major elements (Na, Mg, Al, Si, K, Ca, Fe) of glass specimens show an accuracy better than 5%. Trace elements (Cr, Mn, Sr and Zr) display an accuracy better than 5% when the checked elements have a concentration >100 ppm by weight, whereas it is around 10% with a concentration <100 ppm by weight. μ-XRF is, therefore, a suitable elemental analysis technique for the non-destructive study of small glass finds due to its relatively good accuracy, reproducibility and low detection limits (∼tens ppm). PMID:22163367

  6. Neutron Based Imaging and Element-mapping at the Budapest Neutron Centre

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    Kis, Z.; Szentmiklósi, L.; Belgya, T.; Balaskó, M.; Horváth, L. Z.; Maróti, B.

    The Budapest Neutron Centre (BNC) is a consortium of institutes to co-ordinate research activities carried out at the Budapest Research Reactor. It hosts two neutron imaging facilities (RAD and NORMA) operated by the Centre for Energy Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences and offers access to this scientific infrastructure for the domestic and international users. The radiography station (RAD) at the thermal neutron beamline of the reactor gives a possibility to study relatively large objects by thermal neutron-, gamma- and X-ray radiography, and to benefit from the complementary features of the different radiations. RAD is being extended in 2014 with digital imaging and tomographic capabilities. The image detection is based on suitable converter screens. The static radiography and tomography images are acquired by a new, large area sCMOS camera, whereas the dynamic radiography is accomplished by a low-light-level TV camera and a frame grabber card. The NORMA facility is designed to perform neutron radiography and tomography on small samples using guided cold neutrons. Here two non-destructive techniques are coupled to determine the chemical composition and to visualize the internal structure of heterogeneous objects. The position-sensitive element analysis with prompt-gamma activation analysis (PGAA) and the imaging with neutron radiography/tomography (NR/NT) are integrated into a unique facility called NIPS-NORMA. The goal of such a combination of these methods is to save substantial beam time in the so-called NR/NT-driven PGAI (Prompt Gamma Activation Imaging) mode, in which the interesting regions are first visualized and located, and subsequently the time-consuming prompt-gamma measurements are made only where it is really needed. The paper will give an overview about the technical details of the facilities, and the latest results of selected applications from the fields of archaeometry, engineering and material science.

  7. Protocols for Thermoluninescence and Optically Stimulated Luminescence Research at DOSAR

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    Bernal, SM

    2004-10-11

    The Life Sciences Division (LSD) of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has a long record of radiation dosimetry research at the Dosimetry Applications Research (DOSAR) facility complex. These facilities have been used by a broad segment of the research community to perform a variety of experiments in areas including, but not limited to, radiobiology, radiation dosimeter and instrumentation development and calibration, and materials testing in a variety of radiation environments. Collaborations with the University of Tennessee-Knoxville (UTK) have also led to important contributions in the area of archaeometry, particularly as it relates to the use of radiation dosimetry to date archaeological artifacts. This manual is to serve as the primary instruction and operation manual for dosimetric and archaeometric research at DOSAR involving thermoluminescence (TL) and optically stimulated luminescence (OSL). Its purpose is to (1) provide protocols for common practices associated with the research, (2) outline the relevant organizational structure, (3) identify the Quality Assurance plan, and (4) describe all the procedures, operations, and responsibilities for safe and proper operation of associated equipment. Each person who performs research at DOSAR using TL/OSL equipment is required to read the latest revision of this manual and be familiar with its contents, and to sign and date the manual's master copy indicating that the manual has been read and understood. The TL/OSL Experimenter is also required to sign the manual after each revision to signify that the changes are understood. Each individual is responsible for completely understanding the proper operation of the TL/OSL equipment used and for following the guidance contained within this manual. The instructions, protocols, and operating procedures in this manual do not replace, supersede, or alter the hazard mitigation controls identified in the Research Safety Summary (&apos

  8. Pedological and mineralogical investigations on a soil-paleosoil sequence within Andosols in the Western Cordillera of the Peruvian Andes (region Laramate, 14.5S)

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    Leceta Gobitz, Fernando; Mächtle, Bertil; Schukraft, Gerd; Meyer, Hans-Peter; Eitel, Bernhard

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    -Columbian cultures." Archaeometry 47: 137-185. Miller, D. C. and P. W. Birkeland (1992). "Soil catena variation along an alpine climatic transect, northern Peruvian Andes." Geoderma 55(3): 211-223. Schittek, K., et al. (2014). "Holocene environmental changes in the highlands of the southern Peruvian Andes (14° S) and their impact on pre-Columbian cultures." Climate of the past discussions 10: 1707-1746.

  9. EBSD studies on historical relics analysis and ancient artifact manufacturing processes%EBSD在古代遗存分析和器物制作技术研究中的应用

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    廖成伟; 吴涛涛; 李洋; 张浪; 陈官涛; 潘春旭

    2011-01-01

    随着现代材料分析与测试技术的不断进步和创新,越来越多的材料表征手段已经用于考古发现,以及文物的保护和鉴定领域,大大推动了科技考古学科的发展.电子背散射衍射(EBSD)作为一种研究材料微观组织结构的重要手段,在材料晶粒尺寸大小、取向分布、晶界信息、应变和物相鉴定等方面具有独特的优势.本文综述和介绍了近年来利用EBSD技术在研究历史文物方面的一些研究成果.例如,通过对意大利古代彩色玻璃和彩陶中微小颜料残留物的物相鉴别,可获得原材料产地、制作工艺和制作时间等方面的重要信息;通过对中国古代青铜器晶粒取向关系的研究,可进一步推断古代青铜器的制作和冷热加工工艺,为展示我国灿烂的青铜文明提供依据.%With the development and innovation of modern analytical and testing techniques, more and more instruments of materials characterization have been used in the areas of archaeological discovery, culture relic protection and appraisal, which make a great promotion to development of archaeometry. As an important characterizing approach on materials microstructures, EBSD exhibits unique advantages in crystal size, orientation relationship, boundary information, strain-stress and phase identification, etc. This paper reviews some recent research results on the historical relics by using EBSD. It includes; 1 ) by identification of the residuals of small pigments in ancient colored glass and polychrome ceramic, the information of the raw materials used, the production period and site, the manufacturing processes and ancient used for their preparation were obtained; 2) by analyzing the grain orientation relationships in the Chinese ancient bronzes, the manufacturing processes as well as cold / hot working technologies were proposed, which provide a further proof to Chinese brilliant civilization of Bronze.

  10. Adsorption of ions onto high silica volcanic glass

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    Steinhauser, Georg [Atominstitut der Osterreichischen Universitaeten, Vienna University of Technology, Stadionallee 2, 1020 Vienna (Austria)], E-mail: georg.steinhauser@ati.ac.at; Bichler, Max [Atominstitut der Osterreichischen Universitaeten, Vienna University of Technology, Stadionallee 2, 1020 Vienna (Austria)

    2008-01-15

    Chemical fingerprint techniques are frequently applied to airborne volcanic eruption products, so-called tephra, such as ash and pumice for archeological and geoscientific purposes. However, in some cases, a meaningful interpretation of the results is complicated by superficial contaminations. Therefore, this situation was simulated by the use of powdered rhyolitic pumice to investigate its capability to adsorb several ions from aqueous solutions. Using neutron activation analysis, adsorption could be proven for Cr{sup 3+}, Cr{sub 2}O{sub 7}{sup 2-} (dichromate), Fe{sup 3+}, Co{sup 2+}, HAsO{sub 4}{sup 2-} (hydrogen arsenate), Rb{sup +}, Sr{sup 2+}, Cs{sup +}, Ba{sup 2+}, La{sup 3+}, Ce{sup 3+}, Ce{sup 4+}, Sm{sup 3+}, Th{sup 4+} and UO{sub 2}{sup 2+}, which is a clear evidence for the interaction of those ions with the volcanic glass. In our experiments, pumice powder showed the ability to adsorb ions in the range from 1.8 mg kg{sup -1} (in case of HAsO{sub 4}{sup 2-}) to 5.8 wt% (in case of Fe{sup 3+}). Adsorption is probably due to ion-exchange reactions. It could also be shown that a few ions are not adsorbed in detectable quantities: Na{sup +}, K{sup +}, Fe{sup 2+}, Zn{sup 2+} and Nd{sup 3+}. The knowledge about adsorption of ions enables us not only to examine the possible influence of contaminations where chemical fingerprinting methods are applied to volcanic material for archaeometry, but it also suggests the technical application of pumiceous materials for technical purposes, like water purification or as an adsorbent in the final storage of nuclear waste. In another series of INAA supported experiments, the influence of chemicals like ascorbic acid, acetic acid, HCl, HF, HNO{sub 3}, H{sub 2}O, H{sub 2}O{sub 2}, H{sub 3}PO{sub 4}, H{sub 2}SO{sub 4}, NaOH and NH{sub 3} on the bulk composition of pumice powder was investigated-resulting in no detectable change. We conclude that superficially contaminated tephra can be washed in diluted HF to remove

  11. Art, historical and cultural heritage objects studied with different non-destructive analysis

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    Rizzutto, Marcia A.; Tabacniks, Manfredo H.; Added, Nemitala; Campos, Pedro H.O.V.; Curado, Jessica F.; Kajiya, Elizabeth A.M. [Universidade de Sao Paulo (IF/USP), SP (Brazil). Inst. de Fisica

    2012-07-01

    modifications performed at the time. The combination of these scientific examinations aimed better qualitative and quantitative analytical research in art and archaeology and also to supply results that subsidize the investigations of authenticity of these objects while stimulating research in the art and in archaeology objects (archaeometry) in Brazilian Museums. In this work we present some studies of ceramics, pigments, papers and photographs from the collections of the Museu Paulista, Museu de Arte Contemporanea (MAC), Museu de Arqueologia e Etnologia (MAE) and Instituto de Estudos Brasileiros (IEB). (author)

  12. Annual Report 2000; Informe Anual 2000

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    The Annual Report 2000 of the Technological Research Direction at the National Institute of Nuclear Research (ININ) of Mexico presents its activities during year 2000. It is described a work plan and budget for the exercise in 2001. The projects, services and work programs of those different management offices adscripted to this Direction were revised and evaluated. The Technological Innovation Management office is formed by two departments, the one of Control and the one Evaluation and Linking. The projects which form the Management office comprise: Neutron activation analysis, Environmental radiation surveillance, gamma spectroscopy, archaeometry, nuclear application studies and support to priority projects. The Radiological Safety management office provides internal and external services in matter of radiation protection and radioactive waste negotiation to fulfil with the applicable standardization. This management office realizes the link function with the National Commission of Nuclear Safety and Safeguards (CNSNS) as for the licenses, authorizations and permissions for nuclear and radioactive facilities and for those activities which are involucrated with the use of radioactive material and devices generators of ionizing radiation in the National Institute of Nuclear Research. The Nuclear Technology management office is composed of two departments: Chemical Analysis wherever analytical studies are realized to fulfil with national standards and international codes to providing services at different enterprises and the Reactor wherever an aging negotiation program is established for him (thirty operation years) which allows to mitigate or to correct those effects by aging in facilities. The Health Nuclear applications management office consists of two departments: Metrology which obtains the authorization from the Commerce and Industrial Fomentation Secretary (SECOFI) of the national standards of beta particles, neutrons and coincidences, as well as the

  13. XRD applied to the determination of pigments and composition of lithic materials and ceramics from archaeological pre-hispanic sites of the Rio de la Plata

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    Beovide, Laura [Department of Archeology, National Museum of Anthropology, Montevideo, (Uruguay); Pardo, Helena; Faccio, Ricardo; Mombru, Alvaro [Centro NanoMat, Polo Tecnologico de Pando, Facultad de Quimica, Universidad de la Republica, Pando, Canelones (Uruguay); Crystallography, Solid State and Materials Laboratory (Cryssmat-Lab), DETEMA, Facultad de Quimica, Universidad de la Republica, Gral, Montevideo (Uruguay); Piston, Mariela, E-mail: mpiston@fq.edu.u [Analytical Chemistry, Estrella Campos Department, Facultad de Quimica, Universidad de la Republica, Montevideo (Uruguay)

    2011-07-01

    suggests that most likely the source of supply for the amphibolites instruments come from the sources of raw materials compared. Both studies are encouraging to improve the study of prehistoric materials through different archaeometry techniques. (author)

  14. Multicollector ICPMS and TIMS as tools for isotopic fingerprinting

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    Bouman, C.; Schwieters, J. B.; Lloyd, N. S.; Trinquier, A.

    2012-04-01

    Elements such as C, N, O and S are essential for chemical and biological processes in nature and very small shifts in the isotopic composition of these elements are important tracers to explore complex processes in nature. During the last few years, stable isotopes of elements as Cl, Ca, Fe, Cu, Zn, Sr, Hg and Pb are getting more and more attention as tracer to study biomedical and environmental processes, as well as forensics and archaeometry. Multi-collector ICPMS and TIMS enable high-precision isotopic analysis of these so-called non-traditional stable isotope systems. MC-ICPMS is a powerful technique for the isotopic analysis of most elements, with the exception of light elements such as H, C, N and O and the noble gases. Various inlet systems can be used to introduce samples into the mass spectrometer, for instance gas chromatography (GC), liquid chromatography (LC) ) for compound-specific isotope analysis, laser ablation for direct analysis of solids, or conventional liquid nebulization for liquid samples. The aerosol is transported by an Ar and/or He gas flow into the ICP source where it is effectively ionized and introduced into the mass analyzer through a differential pumping system. Molecular interferences as carbides, nitrides, oxides, argides or doubly-charged species can show up in the mass spectrum and interfere with the elemental isotope peaks. High mass resolution is needed to effectively discriminate against these interferences. The NEPTUNE Plus is specially designed to meet this requirement and expand the power of isotope ratio measurements even to elements where previously isobaric interferences were the limit. For some specific isotope systems, such as Ca, Sr and Pb, the thermal ionization technique may have advantages, due to the potentially lower backgrounds and higher sensitivity. Prior to the TIMS analysis, the sample is chemically purified, loaded on a filament and introduced into the mass spectrometer. With the introduction of the TRITON

  15. Non-traditional isotopes in analytical ecogeochemistry assessed by MC-ICP-MS

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    Prohaska, Thomas; Irrgeher, Johanna; Horsky, Monika; Hanousek, Ondřej; Zitek, Andreas

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    Analytical ecogeochemistry deals with the development and application of tools of analytical chemistry to study dynamic biological and ecological processes within ecosystems and across ecosystem boundaries in time. It can be best described as a linkage between modern analytical chemistry and a holistic understanding of ecosystems ('The total human ecosystem') within the frame of transdisciplinary research. One focus of analytical ecogeochemistry is the advanced analysis of elements and isotopes in abiotic and biotic matrices and the application of the results to basic questions in different research fields like ecology, environmental science, climatology, anthropology, forensics, archaeometry and provenancing. With continuous instrumental developments, new isotopic systems have been recognized for their potential to study natural processes and well established systems could be analyzed with improved techniques, especially using multi collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (MC-ICP-MS). For example, in case of S, isotope ratio measurements at high mass resolution could be achieved at much lower S concentrations with ICP-MS as compared to IRMS, still keeping suitable uncertainty. Almost 50 different isotope systems have been investigated by ICP-MS, so far, with - besides Sr, Pb and U - Ca, Mg, Cd, Li, Hg, Si, Ge and B being the most prominent and considerably pushing the limits of plasma based mass spectrometry also by applying high mass resolution. The use of laser ablation in combination with MC-ICP-MS offers the possibility to achieve isotopic information on high spatial (µm-range) and temporal scale (in case of incrementally growing structures). The information gained with these analytical techniques can be linked between different hierarchical scales in ecosystems, offering means to better understand ecosystem processes. The presentation will highlight the use of different isotopic systems in ecosystem studies accomplished by ICP-MS. Selected

  16. A revised burial dose estimation procedure for optical dating of youngand modern-age sediments

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    Arnold, L.J.; Roberts, R.G.; Galbraith, R.F.; DeLong, S.B.

    2009-01-01

    The presence of genuinely zero-age or near-zero-age grains in modern-age and very young samples poses a problem for many existing burial dose estimation procedures used in optical (optically stimulated luminescence, OSL) dating. This difficulty currently necessitates consideration of relatively simplistic and statistically inferior age models. In this study, we investigate the potential for using modified versions of the statistical age models of Galbraith et??al. [Galbraith, R.F., Roberts, R.G., Laslett, G.M., Yoshida, H., Olley, J.M., 1999. Optical dating of single and multiple grains of quartz from Jinmium rock shelter, northern Australia: Part I, experimental design and statistical models. Archaeometry 41, 339-364.] to provide reliable equivalent dose (De) estimates for young and modern-age samples that display negative, zero or near-zero De estimates. For this purpose, we have revised the original versions of the central and minimum age models, which are based on log-transformed De values, so that they can be applied to un-logged De estimates and their associated absolute standard errors. The suitability of these 'un-logged' age models is tested using a series of known-age fluvial samples deposited within two arroyo systems from the American Southwest. The un-logged age models provide accurate burial doses and final OSL ages for roughly three-quarters of the total number of samples considered in this study. Sensitivity tests reveal that the un-logged versions of the central and minimum age models are capable of producing accurate burial dose estimates for modern-age and very young (single-grain and multi-grain single-aliquot De datasets. However, the unique error properties of modern-age samples, combined with the problems of calculating natural logarithms of negative or zero-Gy De values, mean that the un-logged versions of the central and minimum age models currently offer the most suitable means of deriving accurate burial dose estimates for very young and

  17. Transmission electron microscopy for archaeo-materials research: Nanoparticles in glazes and red/yellow glass and inorganic pigments in painted context

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    Fredrickx, Peggy

    2004-10-01

    This dissertation addresses the application of Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) to historic objects, concentrating on colour-causing nanoparticles in vitreous materials and pigments with the focus on substrates in lake pigments used in thin glaze layers, and on manuscript illustrations. TEM is well suited for archaeometry: it gives chemical elemental information, imaging and diffraction information and the amount of material needed is minimal. Sample preparation techniques suitable for historic materials are discussed. Nanoparticles can be incorporated in glass through staining. Yellow coloured glass plates contain Ag particles. Baking temperatures and different Ag-salts determine the density of the nanoparticles. Dense layers cause more saturated colours. Red glass plates can be obtained by staining with Cu-salts. Metallic Cu particles have a diameter of about 24 nm. Comparison with XRF results suggests that often a combination of Cu and Ag was used for warmer colours. Red glass can be "flashed" to the substrate glass. Then, the colour is also caused by metallic Cu particles. The red layer often displays a band structure of stacked red and transparent bands. In the transparent bands, no nanoparticles have been found. In lustre-ware, Ag and metallic Cu occur. Their distribution throughout the material determines the colour of the fragment. In both there is a dense top layer with particles of sizes smaller than 15 nm. If this top layer consists of Ag particles, the resulting colour is golden. In one sample, under this top layer the amount of Cu particles increases. This underlying layer causes the colour to redden. Particles are mainly between 5 and 15 nm in diameter. Using reconstructions, it has been demonstrated that TEM can detect and identify a stacking of thin layers in parchment decorations. A pink powder sample from Pompeii consists of a basis of allophane type clay. The lake substrates consist of Al, O, S and their amorphous structure does not seem to

  18. Annual Report 2000

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    The Annual Report 2000 of the Technological Research Direction at the National Institute of Nuclear Research (ININ) of Mexico presents its activities during year 2000. It is described a work plan and budget for the exercise in 2001. The projects, services and work programs of those different management offices adscripted to this Direction were revised and evaluated. The Technological Innovation Management office is formed by two departments, the one of Control and the one Evaluation and Linking. The projects which form the Management office comprise: Neutron activation analysis, Environmental radiation surveillance, gamma spectroscopy, archaeometry, nuclear application studies and support to priority projects. The Radiological Safety management office provides internal and external services in matter of radiation protection and radioactive waste negotiation to fulfil with the applicable standardization. This management office realizes the link function with the National Commission of Nuclear Safety and Safeguards (CNSNS) as for the licenses, authorizations and permissions for nuclear and radioactive facilities and for those activities which are involucrated with the use of radioactive material and devices generators of ionizing radiation in the National Institute of Nuclear Research. The Nuclear Technology management office is composed of two departments: Chemical Analysis wherever analytical studies are realized to fulfil with national standards and international codes to providing services at different enterprises and the Reactor wherever an aging negotiation program is established for him (thirty operation years) which allows to mitigate or to correct those effects by aging in facilities. The Health Nuclear applications management office consists of two departments: Metrology which obtains the authorization from the Commerce and Industrial Fomentation Secretary (SECOFI) of the national standards of beta particles, neutrons and coincidences, as well as the

  19. Magnetometry and archaeological prospection in Mexico

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    Barba Pingarron, L.; Laboratorio de Prospeccion Arqueologica

    2013-05-01

    Luis Barba Laboratorio de Prospección Arqueológica Instituto de Investigaciones Antropológicas Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México The first magnetic survey in archaeological prospection was published in 1958 in the first number of Archaeometry, in Oxford. That article marked the beginning of this applications to archaeology. After that, magnetic field measurements have become one of the most important and popular prospection tools. Its most outstanding characteristic is the speed of survey that allows to cover large areas in short time. As a consequence, it is usually the first approach to study a buried archaeological site. The first attempts in Mexico were carried out in 196. Castillo and Urrutia, among other geophysical techniques, used a magnetometer to study the northern part of the main plaza, zocalo, in Mexico City to locate some stone Aztec sculptures. About the same time Morrison et al. in La Venta pyramid used a magnetometer to measure total magnetic field trying to find a substructure. Some years later Brainer and Coe made a magnetic survey to locate large stone Olmec heads in San Lorenzo Tenochtitlan, Veracruz. Technology development has provided everyday more portable and accurate instruments to measure the magnetic field. The first total magnetic field proton magnetometers were followed by differential magnetometers and more recently gradiometers. Presently, multiple sensor magnetometers are widely used in European archaeology. The trend has been to remove the environmental and modern interference and to make more sensitive the instruments to the superficial anomalies related to most of the archaeological sites. There is a close relationship between the geology of the region and the way magnetometry works in archaeological sites. Archaeological prospection in Europe usually needs very sensitive instruments to detect slight magnetic contrast of ditches in old sediments. In contrast, volcanic conditions in Mexico produce large magnetic contrast

  20. X-ray fluorescence in IAEA Member States: Spain

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    Full text: Instrumental facilities of the ICMUV include: a Total-reflection X-Ray Fluorencence (TXRF), a static and a portable Energy Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence (EDXRF) spectrometers. These equipments are employed in the field of the art and archaeometry, and some applications in this area are implemented. The portable EDXRF spectrometer is advisable to perform 'in situ' and on-line analysis in a multidisciplinary environment, the static EDXRF equipment is good to perform analysis on paper and metal pieces. The TXRF spectrometry is the best technique for very sensitive analysis of trace elements in microsamples. Using the last technique we have analyzed the cottons used by the restorers in the different steps of the restoration process; it appeared that the method is a good tool to study the composition of different layers and zones of the work of art. Current projects include: 1. Analysis of valuable antique ceramics that can be investigated only when the analysis does not result in any damage. EDXRF measurements with portable instrumentation provide non-destructive analysis that completely eliminates sampling. An alternative method to determine the overglaze or underglaze pigment decoration is the microscopic examination of a ceramic cross section, but this examination requires sampling and damage to the physical integrity of the object. The aim of our work is to apply nondestructive technique ensuring the physical integrity of the object. We have proposed a portable EDXRF spectrometer to identify the underglaze and overglaze pigment decoration of ceramics on the basis of different values for the ratio between the Pb(Lα) line from the main element of the glaze cover and the Kα lines from the main elements (Co, Mn, Ni) found in the pigment, when the angle of the incidence radiation is varied. If the position of the detector is fixed, these ratios (Pb(Lα)/Co(Kα), etc.) increases with the angle for underglaze decoration, and decreases for overglaze decoration

  1. EDXRF analysis of a baroque polychrome wooden sculpture

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    Complete text of publication follows. In this work, a Baroque polychrome wooden sculpture, portraying the Virgin Mary, was analyzed using EDXRF technique. This sculpture belongs to the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro collection and was analyzed, by means of EDXRF and Computed Radiography, prior to perform its restoration. The scientific examination of artworks has gained increasing interest in the last years, allowing the characterization of materials and techniques employed by the artists, which can be extremely valuable to conservation and restoration treatments. The analysis can also reveal the presence of retouchings (concealed by past restorations), later added areas, changes of design, underpaintings, etc. X-Ray Fluorescence analysis is a widely used spectroscopic technique in archaeometry to investigate the composition of pigments (in manuscripts, paintings, ceramics and other artifacts), metal alloys, coins and statuary. It is a non-destructive technique that makes possible qualitative and quantitative multielemental analysis with good precision and accuracy. The EDXRF measurements were carried out with a portable system, developed by the Nuclear Instrumentation Laboratory, consisting of an Oxford TF3005 X-ray tube, with W anode, and a Si-PIN XR-100CR detector from Amptek. The angle between the X-ray tube and the detector window is 60 deg, the source-sample and the detector-sample distances are 4 cm. The system is adapted to a tripod, which makes possible to reach higher regions during the analysis of paintings and statues. In order to identify the pigments used in the sculpture, were obtained several spectra, working at 25 kV and 100 μA, with an acquisition time of 500 s and a beam collimation of 2 mm. The spectra were processed and analyzed using the software QXAS-AXIL, from IAEA. The results revealed the presence of gypsum, used in the preparation layer. In the carnation regions, the artist used vermilion and lead white. In the dark-brown hairs of

  2. The Maltrata valley in the inter regional trade nets of the obsidian in Meso america: origin by neutron activation

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    described the chemical composition of the obsidian and some data about the deposits; also the archaeometry is defined, and the different physical and chemical techniques used for the characterization in the archaeology are revised, showing the advantages and disadvantages among each one of them. Lastly in the chapter fifth the obtained data of the activation neutron analysis are exposed which reflects in a temporary way the raw material deposits that they supplied from obsidian to the valley through the trade nets. (Author)

  3. The Maltrata valley in the inter regional trade nets of the obsidian in Meso america: origin by neutron activation; El valle de Maltrata en las redes de intercambio interregional de la obsidiana en Mesoamerica: procedencia por activacion neutronica

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    described the chemical composition of the obsidian and some data about the deposits; also the archaeometry is defined, and the different physical and chemical techniques used for the characterization in the archaeology are revised, showing the advantages and disadvantages among each one of them. Lastly in the chapter fifth the obtained data of the activation neutron analysis are exposed which reflects in a temporary way the raw material deposits that they supplied from obsidian to the valley through the trade nets. (Author)

  4. Large Devices of Industrial Culture: the Preservation of their Historical Evidence

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    Keller-Kempas, Ruth

    Development of material science and engineering technology is present in devices of the last 150 years. How can the historical evidence of their construction and use, the transfer of technological stages of development be preserved as a special quality in cultural tradition? The conservation of technical artefacts as a cultural heritage of western civilisation has developed scientific methods of conservation so as to respect their authenticity as materialised references of the past. During the last fifteen years these methods have been evaluated in the unique training program for this specialisation of conservation discipline at the HTW Berlin, University for Applied Sciences. They are enough standardised now to be applied without hesitation on objects being kept indoor in a museum or private collection. It is much more difficult to keep devices outside or, as is the case in Observatory - at climates changing between inside aud outside situations. The paper will show a few examples of how to develop concepts for conservation and how it is teclinically possible to preserve the very important original surfaces of the objects, their authentic materiality. As soon as the objects are kept as part of cultural history or history of science they change their function and can not be kept in the same manner as before. They give evidence of their materiality. The archaeometry of modern times is a new and expanding branch of historic research. Moreover the surface of a historic device is the point of contact between passed times and the presence for the general public as much as for the scientists. It will be demonstrated how large the loss of historic information and thus of cultural value of objects can be by renovation instead of considerate conservation. Some examples of careful conservation work carried out on big objects other than an observatory are presented. The paper will then summarise the possibilities and difficulties of doing such work on large devices still in

  5. Utilisation of the Research Reactor TRIGA Mainz

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    The TRIGA Mark II reactor of the University of Mainz can be operated in the steady state mode with thermal powers up to a maximum of 100 kW and in the pulse mode with a maximum peak power of 250 MW. So far, more than 17 000 pulses have been performed. For irradiations the TRIGA Mainz has a central experimental tube, three pneumatic transfer systems and a rotary specimen rack. In addition, the TRIGA Mainz includes four horizontal beam ports and a graphite thermal column which provides a source of well-thermalised neutrons. A broad spectrum of commercial applications, scientific research and training can be executed. For education and training various courses in nuclear and radiochemistry, radiation protection, reactor operation and physics are held for scientists, advanced students, teachers, engineers and technicians. Isotope production and Neutron Activation Analysis (NAA) are applied in in-core positions for different applications. NAA in Mainz is focused to determine trace elements in different materials such as in archaeometry, forensics, biology and technical materials including semiconductors for photovoltaics. The beam ports and the thermal column are used for commercial as well as for special basic and applied research in medicine, biology, chemistry and physics. Experiments are in preparation to determine the fundamental neutron properties with very high precision using ultra cold neutrons (UCN) produced at the tangential beam port. A second source is under development at the radial piercing beam port. Another experiment under development is the determination of ground-state properties of radioactive nuclei with very high precision using a penning trap and collinear laser spectroscopy. For many years fast chemical separation procedures combining a gas-jet transport system installed in one beam tube with either continuous or discontinuous chemical separation are carried out. In addition the thermal column of the reactor is also used for medical and

  6. Sobre límites y posibilidades de la investigación arqueológica de la arquitectura. De la estratigrafía a un modelo histórico

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    Caballero Zoreda, Luis

    2002-12-01

    Full Text Available By the beginning of the 1990s, critical readings on late antiquity and early medieval Spanish architecture put into relief avowed contradictions in the generally accepted theories about its genesis and evolution.This crisis suggested me the need to propose a new explanatory model, according to which the architectural revolution brought about by Visigoth architecture would have taken place through the contribution of the new Islamic culture, way into the Middle Ages. This approach prompted me to apply myself to Building Archaeology in order to turn it to the resolution of the problem. A decade after that proposal I intend to present my experience on the usefulness and limitations of Building Archaeology. It has in fact proved useful in order to ensure a renewal of the research interest on this architecture and to obtain a new corpus of data on a more rigorous basis, but it has not been enough to solve the problem in a definite way since, as each and every historical problem, it remains partly open and subject to continued renewal. Using different examples, I will delve on the site/building relationship,wall stratigraphy (building sequence, stratigraphy and style, stratigraphy and intervention, stratigraphy and diagnose, typology and decoration, archaeometry, documentation and absolute chronology.A comienzos de los años -90, diversas lecturas críticas sobre la arquitectura tardoantigua y altomedieval hispánica evidenciaron supuestas contradicciones en la teoría consensuada sobre su génesis y evolución. Personalmente, esta crisis de comprensión me obligó a un esfuerzo para resolverla, lo que dio lugar a que planteara un modelo explicativo nuevo, según el cual la revolución arquitectónica provocada por la nueva arquitectura visigoda se habría dado, en realidad, gracias a la aportación de la nueva cultura islámica, traspasada la Antigüedad tardía y ya en plena Edad Media. Al margen de otras connotaciones, en las que aquí no voy a

  7. 小河墓地出土草篓残留物的蛋白质组学分析%Proteomic analysis of residues in grass basket excavated from Xiao - He graveyard

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    梁一鸣; 杨益民; 伊弟利斯·阿不都热苏勒; 李文瑛; 李晓明; 王昌燧

    2012-01-01

    有机残留物分析是国际科技考古领域的热点之一,蛋白质分析是其中的重要组成部分。本研究为对新疆小河墓地出土草篓所含的黄褐色颗粒状残留物进行了分析,以期探索其种属来源,揭示小河墓地先民生活方式和社会活动的相关信息。本工作首先采用红外方法对墓M13出土草篓中的颗粒状残留物进行了分析,结果发现了较高的蛋白质含量;提取蛋白质后,利用蛋白质组学方法鉴定出牛酪蛋白、牛免疫球蛋白和牛β乳球蛋白,据此推断该残留物为牛奶制品。需要指出的是,这是迄今为止我国发现最早的牛奶加工证据,说明牛奶是小河墓地先民食物的重要组成部分。本工作还显示,蛋白质组学方法灵敏度高、所需样品量小,应可广泛地应用于古代残留物分析。%Analysis of organic residues is one of the emerging new research methods in international archaeometry, of which protein analysis is an important part. The proteomic method, which has become increasingly important internation- ally, has unique advantages in residue analysis. The Xiao - He graveyard in Lop Nur of Xinjiang province is dated back to 3500- 4000 years old. Brown granular residues are always found in excavated grass baskets. First, infrared spectros- copy was used to analyze one brown granular residue in a grass basket from tomb number 13. This technique revealed a high protein content. Then the residue was extracted and analyzed using proteomic methods. Bovine casein, bovine im- munoglobulin and bovine [3 -laetoglobulin were identified, which indicated the residues probably came from a milk prod- uct. It should be noted that this was the earliest evidence for a milk product in China and suggests that milk was an im- portant component of ancestors' diet in Xiao He. This study also showed that the proteomic method has high sensitivity, requiring only small amount of samples, and that it can be

  8. EDXRF portable system used in the analysis of altars, sculptures and paintings from XVII and XVIII centuries in Brazil

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    Freitas, R.P. [Nuclear Instrumentation Laboratory, COPPE/UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); CEFETEQ, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Calza, C.; Lopes, R.T., E-mail: ccalza@lin.ufrj.br [Nuclear Instrumentation Laboratory, COPPE/UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Santos, R.O. [RG Conservation and Restoration, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

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    Full text: The preservation of cultural heritage has acquired increasing interest in the last decades and many scientific techniques have been employed to analyze paintings, manuscripts, ceramics, glasses, statues, coins and metal artifacts in order to solve problems related to restoration, conservation, dating and attribution of artworks. There is also an increasing trend for non-destructive investigations since most of the samples are unique and precious objects of art and archaeology. X-Ray fluorescence (XRF) is the most widely used investigative technique in the field of archaeometry, due to a number of favorable analytical characteristics, such as multielemental and non-destructive analysis, high sensitivity and applicability to a wide range of samples. In this work, XRF was used to analyze altars, sculptures and paintings in the Saint Anthony Convent (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). The cornerstone of this convent was launched in 1608, by the Franciscan friars, and the construction of the church was finished in 1620. The Saint Anthony sculpture in the main altar is one of the few remaining pieces from the XVII century in Rio de Janeiro. The splendid Baroque carvings of the chapel, covered with integral gilding, in the national Portuguese style, dates from 1716 to 1719. The results obtained during the analyses have been used in the meticulous process of restoration, developed in the last two years, in order to recover the original splendour of this important piece of our cultural heritage. The analyses were carried out with an EDXRF portable system developed in the Nuclear Instrumentation Laboratory, consisting of an X-ray tube Oxford TF3005 with W anode, operating at 25 kV and 100 {mu}A, and a Si-PIN XR-100CR detector from Amptek. In each sample were obtained several spectra, with an acquisition time of 300 s and a beam collimation of 1.5 and 2 mm. The spectra were analyzed using the software QXAS-AXIL from IAEA. The analysis of the golden carvings of the altars, in

  9. The effect of pre-Hispanic agriculture practices on soils in the Western Cordillera of the Peruvian Andes (region Laramate, 14.5°S)

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    Leceta, Fernando; Mächtle, Bertil; Schukraft, Gerd; Eitel, Bernhard

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    ) could be also attested in the Laramate area. Retention of eroded loessic material transported against the terrace walls could be associated to periods of increased geomorphodynamics founded in the surroundings by 600 AD (Forbriger & Schittek 2011, unpublished raw data). References Branch, N., Kemp, R., Silva, B., Meddens F., Williams, A., Kendall, A., Vivanco Pomacanchari, C. (2007): Testing the sustainability and sensitivity to climatic change of terrace agricultural systems in the Peruvian Andes: a pilot study. Journal of Archaeological Science 34 (2007) 1-9. Eitel, B., Hecht, S., Mächtle, B., Schukraft, G., Kadereit, A., Wagner, G. A., Kromer, B., Unkel, I., Reindel, M. (2005): Geoarchaeological evidence from desert loess in the Nasca-Palpa region, southern Peru: Palaeoenvironmental changes and their impact on Pre-Columbian cultures. Archaeometry 47, 137-185. Mächtle, B. (2007): Geomorphologisch-bodenkundliche Untersuchungen zur Rekonstruktion der holozänen Umweltgeschichte in der nördlichen Atacama im Raum Palpa/Südperu. Dissertation, Heidelberger Geographische Arbeiten 123.- 227 S.

  10. Thermoelectrically cooled semiconductor detectors for non-destructive analysis of works of art by means of energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence

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    Cesareo, Roberto; Ettore Gigante, Giovanni; Castellano, Alfredo

    1999-06-01

    Thermoelectrically cooled semiconductor detectors, such as Si-PIN, Si-drift, Cd1-xZnxTe and HgI 2, coupled to miniaturized low-power X-ray tubes, are well suited in portable systems for energy-dispersive X-ray fluorescence (EDXRF), analysis of archaeological samples. The Si-PIN detector is characterized by a thickness of about 300 μm, an area of about 2×3 mm 2, an energy resolution of about 200-250 eV at 5.9 keV and an entrance window of 25-75 μm. The Si-drift detector has approximately the same area and thickness, but an energy resolution of 155 eV at 5.9 keV. The efficiency of these detectors is around 100% from 4 to 10 keV, and then decreases versus energy, reaching ˜9% at 30 keV. Coupled to a miniaturized 10 kV, 0.1 mA, Ca-anode or to a miniaturized 30 kV, 0.1 mA, W-anode X-ray tubes, portable systems can be constructed, which are able to analyse K-lines of elements up to about silver, and L-lines of heavy elements. The Cd 1- xZn xTe detector has an area of 4 mm 2 and a thickness of 3 mm. It has an energy resolution of about 300 eV at 5.9 keV, and an efficiency of 100% over the whole range of X-rays. Finally the HgI 2 detector has an efficiency of about 100% in the whole range of X-rays, and an energy resolution of about 200 eV at 5.9 keV. Coupled to a small 50-60 kV, 1 mA, W-anode X-ray tube, portable systems can be constructed, for the analysis of practically all elements. These systems were applied to analysis in the field of archaeometry and in all applications for which portable systems are needed or at least useful (for example X-ray transmission measurements, X-ray microtomography and so on). Results of in-field use of these detectors and a comparison among these room temperature detectors in relation to concrete applications are presented. More specifically, concerning EDXRF analysis, ancient gold samples were analysed in Rome, in Mexico City and in Milan, ancient bronzes in Sassari, in Bologna, in Chieti and in Naples, and sulfur (due to pollution

  11. Rise and course of an elusive technology: metal gilding

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    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Research on mercury or fire gilding technology during Prehistory and Antiquity is at its beginnings due to the fact that its identification and characterization is completely dependent on analytical techniques, mainly non destructive Archaeometry techniques allowing an easy characterization of the archaeological objects. Actually we rely on a small number of analytical data, much more limited if we place ourselves within the Iberian peninsula or if we are concerned with the early stages of the use of this technology because... nobody finds what it is not looked for.
    We submit a summary of data anlyisis by XRF and PIXE in order to characterize two groups of items: on the one hand a special type of iberian brooch with animals and hunting scenes, made up of gilded silver, and on the other the visigothic treasure of Torredonjimeno, Jaén. From the debate on these results the hypothesis of a local origin for fire gilding technology during the iberian period, about 4th century B.C., has come out regardless other centers of possible inception in Europe or the Mediterranean. A final stage would be represented by visigothic jewellery that closes the late Antiquity technological domain system up.

    La investigación sobre la técnica del dorado al fuego con amalgama de mercurio durante la Prehistoria y Antigüedad no ha hecho más que comenzar debido a que su identificación y caracterización es totalmente dependiente de las técnicas analíticas, fundamentalmente las no destructivas, puestas a punto desde la Arqueometría para facilitar el estudio del material arqueológico. Actualmente contamos con escasos datos analíticos, que se reducen drásticamente si nos situamos en la Península ibérica y concentramos nuestro interés en las primeras etapas de su utilización, porque... nadie encuentra lo que no se busca.
    Presentamos una recopilación de este tipo de datos mediante las técnicas analíticas XRF y PIXE para caracterizar dos grupos

  12. L'archeologia dell'architettura in Italia nell'ultimo quinquennio (1997-2001

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    Brogiolo, Gian Pietro

    2002-12-01

    Full Text Available The author makes a summary on the situation of Building Archaeology in Italy from the 1990s onwards, when the creation of the journal “Archeologia dell’architettura” and several Congresses made it possible for different groups of investigators to share their strategies and experience, both regarding stratigraphic readings and their relationship to restoration and the study of buildings techniques, dimensional chronology and archaeometry. A key argument in this debate has been the application of this set of methods to architectural restoration, and experimentation on the static equilibrium sequence, degradation and wall coating as crucial instruments in a correct restoration process. This debate has given lesser focus to the main goal of the archaeologist: to obtain historical information from stratigraphic reconstructions, for which becomes in turn necessary to prepare repertoires and undertake extensive studies, relate archaeology to agrarian structures and landscape transformations as well as with social and economic structures. Archaeologists must work on this issue on the following years, without leaving aside the intimate relationship established with architectural restoration, to preserve the building patrimony in a context which should promote cultural multicentralism, the exchange of ideas and a recovery of civil society.Il contributo delinea un bilancio dell'Archeologia dell'architettura in Italia a partire dalla metà degli anni '90 del XX secolo, quando alcuni convegni e la neonata rivista "Archeologia dell'Architettura", misero a confronto le esperienze maturate in più centri di ricerca, che riguardavano non solo l’analisi stratigrafica delle murature il suo rapporto con il Restauro, ma anche allo studio delle tecniche costruttive, della mensiocronologia e dell’archeometria. Da questo punto di vista sono da segnalare da un lato le sperimentazioni nella costruzione delle sequenze degli equilibri statici, del degrado, degli

  13. EDXRF portable system used in the analysis of altars, sculptures and paintings from XVII and XVIII centuries in Brazil

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    Full text: The preservation of cultural heritage has acquired increasing interest in the last decades and many scientific techniques have been employed to analyze paintings, manuscripts, ceramics, glasses, statues, coins and metal artifacts in order to solve problems related to restoration, conservation, dating and attribution of artworks. There is also an increasing trend for non-destructive investigations since most of the samples are unique and precious objects of art and archaeology. X-Ray fluorescence (XRF) is the most widely used investigative technique in the field of archaeometry, due to a number of favorable analytical characteristics, such as multielemental and non-destructive analysis, high sensitivity and applicability to a wide range of samples. In this work, XRF was used to analyze altars, sculptures and paintings in the Saint Anthony Convent (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). The cornerstone of this convent was launched in 1608, by the Franciscan friars, and the construction of the church was finished in 1620. The Saint Anthony sculpture in the main altar is one of the few remaining pieces from the XVII century in Rio de Janeiro. The splendid Baroque carvings of the chapel, covered with integral gilding, in the national Portuguese style, dates from 1716 to 1719. The results obtained during the analyses have been used in the meticulous process of restoration, developed in the last two years, in order to recover the original splendour of this important piece of our cultural heritage. The analyses were carried out with an EDXRF portable system developed in the Nuclear Instrumentation Laboratory, consisting of an X-ray tube Oxford TF3005 with W anode, operating at 25 kV and 100 μA, and a Si-PIN XR-100CR detector from Amptek. In each sample were obtained several spectra, with an acquisition time of 300 s and a beam collimation of 1.5 and 2 mm. The spectra were analyzed using the software QXAS-AXIL from IAEA. The analysis of the golden carvings of the altars, in

  14. PREFACE: EPS Euroconference XIX Nuclear Physics Divisional Conference: New Trends in Nuclear Physics Applications and Technology

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    2006-06-01

    It was with great pleasure that the Department of Nuclear and Theoretical Physics of the University of Pavia and the INFN (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare) Structure of Pavia organised the XIX Nuclear Physics Divisional Conference of the European Physical Society, which was held in the historical buildings of the University of Pavia from 5-9 September 2005. The Conference was devoted to the discussion of the most recent experimental and theoretical achievements in the field of Nuclear Physics applications, as well as of the latest developments in technological tools related to Nuclear Physics research. The University of Pavia has a long tradition in Physics and in Applied Physics, being the site where Alessandro Volta developed his "pila", the precursor of the modern battery. This is the place where the first experiments with electricity were conducted and where the term "capacitance" used for capacitors was invented. Today the University hosts a Triga Mark II nuclear reactor, which is used by the Departments of the University of Pavia and by other Universities and private companies as well. Moreover, Pavia is the site selected for the construction of the CNAO complex "Centro Nazionale di Adroterapia Oncologica" (National Centre for Oncological Hadrontherapy), planned for 2005-2008 which represents a unique facility in Italy and will be among the first complexes of this type in Europe. The Conference has gathered together experts in various fields from different countries and has been the occasion to review the present status and to discuss the new emerging trends in Nuclear Physics and its applications to multidisciplinary researches and the development of new technologies. The following topics were treated: Nuclear Techniques in Medicine and Life Sciences (Cancer Therapy, new Imaging and Diagnostics Tools, Radioisotope production, Radiation Protection and Dosimetry). Applications of Nuclear Techniques in Art, Archaeometry and other Interdisciplinary fields

  15. Microstructure and microanalysis (SEM/EDX determination of glasses from Mallorca and Menorca caves

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    Rincón, Jesús María

    1993-12-01

    Full Text Available In recent years a field of research of growing interest has been the application of physico-chemical characterization methods on modern materials to the study of ancient materials found by the archaeologists. This new field on Materials Science is known as Archaeometry. Many questions about the origin and manufacture of ancient glasses can be solved by using the same methods of analysis and microstructure characterization applied normally to special and advanced glasses. The islands of Mallorca and Menorca, located in the Balearic archipelago in the Mediterranean sea, has long been a crossing place of cultures. Transparent, opal and coloured glasses have been found in various archaeological investigations carried out in these islands. In order to know the composition and microstructure of some of these glasses, an archaeometric study has been carried out using X-ray diffraction (XRD, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, scanning electron microscopy and energy-dispersive X-ray analysis (SEM/EDX, differential thermal analysis (DTA, and hot stage optical microscopy (HSM methods. The SEM/EDX average microanalysis results show that these glasses are deficient in sodium and highly enriched in Al2O3 and Fe2O3, their composition being in the range: 0.5-1.5 K2O, 8-10 CaO, 6-8 Al2O3, 6-8 Fe2O3, 74-76 SiO2 (wt%. Some of these glasses also contain high percentages of lead. Small quantities of TiO2, CuO and SO3 (0.5 % have also been detected. Surface decoration and blue colour are other features of these ancient glasses, the surface of which, depicted by SEM, is highly altered with flaked and corroded microstructures.

    En los últimos años la aplicación de los métodos físicoquímicos de caracterización de materiales modernos al estudio de materiales antiguos es un campo de investigación de creciente interés para