Recent Advances in Laser Ablation ICP-MS for Archaeology

  • Laure Dussubieux
  • Mark Golitko
  • Bernard Gratuze

Part of the Natural Science in Archaeology book series (ARCHAEOLOGY)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Sample Introduction

  3. Application to Non-siliceous Materials

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. David L. Peterson, John V. Dudgeon, Monica Tromp, Arsen Bobokhyan
      Pages 115-133
  4. Application to Vitreous Materials

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. Christian Reepmeyer, Wallace Ambrose, Geoffrey Clark
      Pages 141-162
    3. Simone Cagno, Kevin Hellemans, Koen Janssens
      Pages 163-178
    4. Maxime L’Héritier, Stéphanie Leroy, Philippe Dillmann, Bernard Gratuze
      Pages 213-228
  5. Expanding the Application of LA-ICP-MS in Archaeology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 229-229
    2. John V. Dudgeon, Monica Tromp, Bryan K. Hanks, Andrei V. Epimakhov
      Pages 323-341
    3. Javier G. Iñañez, Jeremy J. Bellucci, Juan Guillermo Martín, Richard Ash, William F. McDonough, Robert J. Speakman
      Pages 343-358

About this book


This book explores different aspects of LA-ICP-MS (laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry). It presents a large array of new analytical protocols for elemental or isotope analysis. LA-ICP-MS is a powerful tool that combines a sampling device able to remove very small quantities of material without leaving visible damage at the surface of an object. Furthermore, it functions as a sensitive analytical instrument that measures, within a few seconds, a wide range of isotopes in inorganic samples. Determining the elemental or the isotopic composition of ancient material is essential to address questions related to ancient technology or provenance and therefore aids archaeologists in reconstructing exchange networks for goods, people and ideas. Recent improvements of LA-ICP-MS have opened new avenues of research that are explored in this volume.


LA-ICP-MS archaeology elemental analysis isotope analysis isotopic composition laser ablation provenance

Editors and affiliations

  • Laure Dussubieux
    • 1
  • Mark Golitko
    • 2
  • Bernard Gratuze
    • 3
  1. 1.Integrative Research Center, Elemental Analysis FacilityField Museum of Natural HistoryChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of Notre DameNotre DameUSA
  3. 3.Institut de Recherche sur les Archéomatériaux Centre Ernest BabelonCNRS/Université d’OrléansOrléansFrance

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