Raman spectroscopic and SEM study of cinnabar from Herod’s palace and its likely origin

Frost, Ray L., Edwards, Howell G. M., Duong, Loc V., Kloprogge, J. Theo, & Martens, Wayde N. (2002) Raman spectroscopic and SEM study of cinnabar from Herod’s palace and its likely origin. Analyst, 127(2), pp. 293-296.


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Mineral samples of cinnabar were obtained from the ancient mining sites of Tarna and Almaden in Spain and from Hunan province in China. A comparison is made using a combination of scanning electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy with the cinnabar coated upon the wall of Herod’s palace. Scanning electron microscopy shows that the cinnabar samples from Spain were impure, whereas the sample from the wall of Herod’s palace was highly pure. No conclusion can be drawn as to the likely origin of the Herod’s palace cinnabar and the mineral is just as likely to have originated in Tuscany, or China as Spain.

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ID Code: 1079
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: cinnabar, Raman microscopy, origin, samples, chemistry, spectroscopic
DOI: 10.1039/b109368c
ISSN: 0003-2654
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > CHEMICAL SCIENCE (030000) > INORGANIC CHEMISTRY (030200)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 Royal Society of Chemistry
Copyright Statement: Reproduced by permission of The Royal Society of Chemistry, no further distribution permitted.
Deposited On: 13 Jul 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 13:58

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