Raman spectroscopic and SEM study of cinnabar from Herod’s palace and its likely origin
Frost, Ray L., Edwards, Howell G. M., Duong, Loc V., Kloprogge, J. Theo, & Martens, Wayde N. (2002) Raman spectroscopic and SEM study of cinnabar from Herod’s palace and its likely origin. Analyst, 127(2), pp. 293-296.
Mineral samples of cinnabar were obtained from the ancient mining sites of Tarna and Almaden in Spain and from Hunan province in China. A comparison is made using a combination of scanning electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy with the cinnabar coated upon the wall of Herod’s palace. Scanning electron microscopy shows that the cinnabar samples from Spain were impure, whereas the sample from the wall of Herod’s palace was highly pure. No conclusion can be drawn as to the likely origin of the Herod’s palace cinnabar and the mineral is just as likely to have originated in Tuscany, or China as Spain.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||cinnabar, Raman microscopy, origin, samples, chemistry, spectroscopic|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > CHEMICAL SCIENCE (030000) > INORGANIC CHEMISTRY (030200)|
|Divisions:||Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology|
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2003 Royal Society of Chemistry|
|Copyright Statement:||Reproduced by permission of The Royal Society of Chemistry, no further distribution permitted.|
|Deposited On:||13 Jul 2006|
|Last Modified:||10 Aug 2011 23:58|
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