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Raman microprobe analysis of stucco samples from the buildings of Maya classic Copan

Goodall, Rosemary A., Hall, Jay, Edwards, Howell G. M., Sharer, Robert, Viel, Rene, & Fredericks, Peter M. (2007) Raman microprobe analysis of stucco samples from the buildings of Maya classic Copan. Journal of Archaeological Science, 34(4), pp. 666-673.

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Abstract

Micro-Raman spectroscopy has been applied to painted stucco samples from three buildings at the Maya site of Copan, Honduras. The buildings, Clavel (AD 450-550), Ani (AD550-650) and Temple 22 (AD730,) date from three phases of the Classic Period (AD400-820) acropolis construction. The red pigment has been identified as hematite and the stucco as a mixture of calcite particles dispersed throughout a calcite based lime wash stucco. The physical structure of the stucco changed through time indicating a refining of production techniques over this period. By combining Micro-Raman spectroscopy with other micro-ATR infrared spectroscopy and environmental scanning electron microscopy a detailed investigation of the materials and production techniques used to decorate these buildings has been made. Differences in the mineralogy of the red pigment used on each building indicate a different geological pigment source for each period.

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ID Code: 8934
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Raman microscopy, pigments, stucco, archaeology, Copan, Maya
DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2006.07.008
ISSN: 0305-4403
Subjects: 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
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 10 Aug 2007
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:32

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