X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometry (XRF) in Geoarchaeology

  • M. Steven Shackley

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About this book


Since the 1960s, x-ray fluorescence spectrometry (XRF), both wavelength and energy-dispersive have served as the workhorse for non-destructive and destructive analyses of archaeological materials. Recently eclipsed by other instrumentation such as LA-ICP-MS, XRF remains the mainstay of non-destructive chemical analyses in archaeology, particularly for volcanic rocks, and most particularly for obsidian. In a world where heritage and repatriation issues drive archaeological method and theory, XRF remains an important tool for understanding the human past, and will remain so for decades to come.

Currently, there is no comprehensive book in XRF applications in archaeology at a time when the applications of portable XRF and desktop XRF instrumentation are exploding particularly in anthropology and archaeology departments worldwide.

The contributors to this volume are at the forefront of the newest applications of XRF to archaeological solutions.  It covers all relevant aspects of the field for those using the newest XRF technologies.


Archaeological Methods In Situ Analysis Obsidian Studies Remote Sensing XRF and geological material XRF in archaeological chemistry destructive analysis of materials energy-dispersive x-ray fluorescence portable XRF instrumentation volcanic rock examination

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  • M. Steven Shackley
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  1. 1.Dept. AnthropologyUniversity of California, BerkeleyBerkeleyUSA

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