Analysis of ancient pottery and ceramic objects using X-ray fluorescence spectrometry

Pillay, A.E., Punyadeera, C., Jacodson, L., & Eriksen, J. (2000) Analysis of ancient pottery and ceramic objects using X-ray fluorescence spectrometry. X-Ray Spectrometry, 29(1), pp. 53-62.

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Archaeology has been called 'the science of the artefact' and nothing demonstrates this point better than the current interest displayed in provenance studies of archaeological objects. In theory, every vessel carries a chemical compositional pattern or 'fingerprint' identical with the clay from which it was made and this relationship is basic to provenance studies. The reasoning behind provenance or sourcing studies is to probe into this past and attempt to re-create prehistory by obtaining information on exchange and social interaction. This paper discusses the use of XRF spectrometry for the analysis of ancient pottery and ceramics to examine whether it is possible to predict prehictoric cultural exchanges.

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ID Code: 77710
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Cited By (since 1996):28
Export Date: 14 October 2014
Correspondence Address: Pillay, A.E.; Department of Chemistry, College of Science, Sultan Qaboos University, P.O. Box 36, al Khoud, Sultanate, Oman
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ISSN: 0049-8246
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2000 Taylor & Francis Group
Deposited On: 15 Oct 2014 03:04
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2014 03:05

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