Microchimica Acta

, Volume 152, Issue 1, pp 105–111

Archaeometric Analysis of Ancient Copper Artefacts by Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy Technique

  • Michela Corsi
  • Gabriele Cristoforetti
  • Marcella Giuffrida
  • Montserrat Hidalgo
  • Stefano Legnaioli
  • Leonardo Masotti
  • Vincenzo Palleschi
  • Azenio Salvetti
  • Elisabetta Tognoni
  • Chiara Vallebona
  • Alessandro Zanini
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00604-005-0388-6

Cite this article as:
Corsi, M., Cristoforetti, G., Giuffrida, M. et al. Microchim Acta (2005) 152: 105. doi:10.1007/s00604-005-0388-6

Abstract.

Twelve archaeological copper objects from the burial site of “Fontino” cave, near Grosseto, (around 2500–2000 B.C.) were analysed using laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy. Qualitative results and a preliminary study of the samples’ composition are reported and used to make a quantitative estimate; based on these results, the samples were classified using principal components statistical analysis. The perspectives of using laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy for archaeometric analysis are also discussed.

Key words: LIBS; archeometry; Copper Age; laser; spectroscopy.

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© Springer-Verlag/Wien 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michela Corsi
    • 1
  • Gabriele Cristoforetti
    • 1
  • Marcella Giuffrida
    • 1
  • Montserrat Hidalgo
    • 1
  • Stefano Legnaioli
    • 1
  • Leonardo Masotti
    • 2
    • 3
  • Vincenzo Palleschi
    • 1
  • Azenio Salvetti
    • 1
  • Elisabetta Tognoni
    • 1
  • Chiara Vallebona
    • 1
  • Alessandro Zanini
    • 3
  1. 1.Applied Laser Spectroscopy Laboratory, IPCF/CNRPisaItaly
  2. 2.Department of Electronic EngineeringFlorence UniversityFlorenceItaly
  3. 3.El.En. Group Hi Tech Laser SystemsFlorenceItaly