A study, by fire-assay and ICP-MS, of the distribution of rhodium, platinum, and gold in iron-age pottery

Pillay, A.E. & Punyadeera, C. (2001) A study, by fire-assay and ICP-MS, of the distribution of rhodium, platinum, and gold in iron-age pottery. Journal of Trace and Microprobe Techniques, 19(2), pp. 243-250.

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Abstract

Forty-six archaeological specimens were treated by fire-assay and subsequently analysed by ICP-MS for selected precious metals: Ph, Pt and Au. The investigation was prompted by the possibility that archaeological samples could serve as "indicators" of the precious metal composition of the clays from the excavated sites. Therefore, the experimentally obtained concentrations were carefully studied to determine if there were anomalous levels of these precious metals in the deposits from which the specimens originated. Furthermore, the analytical data were used to establish if it was feasible to distinguish ancient potsherds based on precious metal concentrations, for employment as a basis in provenance studies.

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ID Code: 77803
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: <Go to ISI>://WOS:000169919700006
Keywords: fire-assay, ICP-MS, precious metals, iron-age pottery
DOI: 10.1081/tma-100002213
ISSN: 0733-4680
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Deposited On: 21 Oct 2014 04:26
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2014 04:26

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