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Title: Non-destructive analysis using PXRF: methodology and application to archaeological ceramics
Contributor(s): Forster, Nicola (author); Grave, Peter  (author)orcid ; Vickery, Nancy  (author); Kealhofer, Lisa  (author)
Publication Date: 2011
DOI: 10.1002/xrs.1360
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Abstract: Uncritical application of portable X-ray fluorescence (PXRF) to non-destructive analysis of archaeological ceramics has been received with scepticism. In this article, we present a methodological evaluation of the parameters and constraints for PXRF analysis of archaeological ceramics. We use experimental matrices that simulate characteristics of archaeological artefacts to demonstrate the impact of (1) surface morphology, (2) organic surface coatings and (3) grain size and mineralogy on non-destructive PXRF analysis. We then apply these parameters to PXRF analysis of heterogeneous handmade ceramics from central Turkey. We conclude that with appropriate methodology, non-destructive PXRF analysis can be demonstrated to provide a high level of accurate and precise geochemical discrimination for archaeological ceramics.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: X-Ray Spectrometry, 40(5), p. 398-398
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 0049-8246
Field of Research (FOR): 210105 Archaeology of Europe, the Mediterranean and the Levant
210102 Archaeological Science
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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