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A spectroscopic investigation of pigment and ceramic samples from Copán, Honduras

Goodall, R. A., Hall, J. , Viel, R. , & Fredericks, P. M. (2009) A spectroscopic investigation of pigment and ceramic samples from Copán, Honduras. Archaeometry, 51(1), pp. 95-109.

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Abstract

A combination of micro-Raman spectroscopy, micro-infrared spectroscopy and SEM–EDX was employed to characterize decorative pigments on Classic Maya ceramics from Copán, Honduras. Variation in red paint mixtures was correlated with changing ceramic types and improvements in process and firing techniques. We have confirmed the use of specular hematite on Coner ceramics by the difference in intensities of Raman bands. Different compositions of brown paint were correlated with imported and local wares. The carbon-iron composition of the ceramic type, Surlo Brown, was confirmed. By combining micro-Raman analysis with micro-ATR infrared and SEM–EDX, we have achieved a more comprehensive characterization of the paint mixtures. These spectroscopic techniques can be used non-destructively on raw samples as a rapid confirmation of ceramic type.

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ID Code: 29497
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Micro-Raman Spectroscopy , Atr–Ftir , Sem , Pigments , Ceramics , Maya , Copán
DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4754.2007.00382.x
ISSN: 0003-813X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > CHEMICAL SCIENCE (030000) > PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY (INCL. STRUCTURAL) (030600) > Structural Chemistry and Spectroscopy (030606)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > CHEMICAL SCIENCE (030000) > ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY (030100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY (210000) > ARCHAEOLOGY (210100) > Archaeology of Asia Africa and the Americas (210103)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Past > Schools > School of Physical & Chemical Sciences
Deposited On: 07 Jan 2010 07:52
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:11

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