Investigation of a medieval sword using photon activation analysis

  • Chr Segebade


An ancient sword was examined for indications of forgery or, if authentic, any later processing or changes, e.g. replacement of parts of the weapon. Radiochemical as well as non-destructive analyses using high energy photon activation were used as analytical techniques. Metal parts of the hilt were analysed radiochemically and instrumentally whereas the blade was analysed non-destructively. Metallurgical investigations (hardness measurements, microstructure analysis) performed in parallel are also briefly described. No evidence of non-authenticity was found, which agrees well with the results of the stylistical and weapon-scientific investigation carried out by an expert of ancient weaponry.


Microstructure Physical Chemistry Inorganic Chemistry Energy Photon Activation Analysis 
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© Akadémiai Kiadó 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Chr Segebade
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  1. 1.Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und-prüfung (BAM), BerlinBerlin 45(Germany)

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