From talc to enstatite: archaeometric investigations on an ancient Egyptian whitish bead
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At archaeological excavations in the Orient region, ancient jewellery in the form of beads is found in huge amounts. Beads were such common objects, that they represent a major part of archaeological material besides potsherds. Numerous materials and colours were used through the ages due to change in fashion, religious beliefs, technique and availability of materials (Xia 2014; Lieven 2004).
We are deeply grateful to Dr. H.-J. Höbler (Institute of Mineralogy, Crystallography and Materials Science, Leipzig University) for assistance in mineralogy and microscopy. We give thanks to K.H. von Stülpnagel (Egyptian Museum – Georg Steindorff – of Leipzig University) for interdisciplinary discussions and H. Hölzig for proofreading the manuscript.
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