Metallography in Archaeology and Art

  • David A. Scott
  • Roland Schwab

Part of the Cultural Heritage Science book series (CUHESC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxiii
  2. David A. Scott, Roland Schwab
    Pages 1-6
  3. David A. Scott, Roland Schwab
    Pages 7-17
  4. David A. Scott, Roland Schwab
    Pages 19-68
  5. David A. Scott, Roland Schwab
    Pages 69-132
  6. David A. Scott, Roland Schwab
    Pages 133-206
  7. David A. Scott, Roland Schwab
    Pages 207-232
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 233-261

About this book


This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the metallographic study of ancient metals. Metallography is important both conceptually as a microstructural science and in terms of its application to the study of ancient and historic metals.
Metallography is a well-established methodology for the characterization of the microstructure of metals, which continues to be significant today in quality control and characterization of metallic properties. Not only does the metallographic examination of ancient metals present its own challenges in terms of sample size and interpretation of evidence, but it must be integrated with archaeological data and cultural research in order to obtain the most meaningful results. Issues of authentication and the establishment of fakes and forgeries of metallic artefacts often involve metallographic evidence of both metal and patina or corrosion interface, as an essential component of such a study. The present volume sets out the basic features of relevant metallic systems, enhanced with a series of examples of typical microstructural types, with illustrative case studies and examples throughout the text derived from studies undertaken by the two authors. This book provides a comprehensive presentation of metallography for archaeologists, archaeometallurgists, conservators, conservation scientists and metallurgists of modern materials. 


Metallography Cultural Heritage Specimen Preparation Metallography Microscopy Metals Ancient Metals Analysis Microstructure Metallic Alloy Cast Structure Metal Intermetallic Phase Metal Corosion Metal Patina Metal Conservation Metal Cultural Heritage Archaeometallurgy Metallurgy Cultural Heritage

Authors and affiliations

  • David A. Scott
    • 1
  • Roland Schwab
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Art HistoryUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Curt Engelhorn Centre for ArchaeometryMannheimGermany

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