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Infrared and Raman spectroscopic studies of archaeological materials

Goodall, Rosemary A. & Fredericks, Peter M. (2012) Infrared and Raman spectroscopic studies of archaeological materials. In Yarwood, J., Douthwaite, R., & Duckett, S. (Eds.) Spectroscopic Properties of Inorganic and Organometallic Compounds : Techniques, Materials and Applications. Royal Society of Chemistry , Cambridge, pp. 129-156.

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    Abstract

    The use of vibrational spectroscopic techniques to characterise historical artefacts and art works continues to grow and to provide the archaeologist and art historian with significant information with which to understand the nature and activities of previous peoples and civilizations. In addition, conservators can gain knowledge of the composition of artworks or historical objects and so are better equipped to ensure their preservation. Both infrared and Raman have been widely used. Microspectroscopy is the preferred sampling technique as it requires only a very small sample, which often can be recovered. The use of synchrotron radiation in conjunction with IR microspectroscopy is increasing because of the substantial benefits in terms of improved spatial resolution and signal-to-noise ratio. The key trend for the future is the growth in the use of portable instruments, both IR and Raman, which are becoming important because they allow non-destructive measurements to be made in situ, for example at an archaeological site or at a museum.

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    ID Code: 48564
    Item Type: Book Chapter
    Keywords: spectroscopy, Raman, infrared, archaeology
    DOI: 10.1039/9781849732833-00129
    ISBN: 9781849731522
    ISSN: 0584-8555
    Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > CHEMICAL SCIENCE (030000) > INORGANIC CHEMISTRY (030200) > Inorganic Chemistry not elsewhere classified (030299)
    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 > HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY (210000) > ARCHAEOLOGY (210100)
    Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY (210000) > CURATORIAL AND RELATED STUDIES (210200) > Heritage and Cultural Conservation (210202)
    Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
    Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
    Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 The Royal Society of Chemistry
    Deposited On: 13 Feb 2012 08:11
    Last Modified: 21 Feb 2012 03:14

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