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X-rays for Archaeology

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  • An up-to-date reference on the use of x-rays in archaeology by leading scientists in the field

  • Contains 70 black and white and 10 colour photographs

  • Where the natural sciences and archaeology meet

  • Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras

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Table of contents (25 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-ix
  2. In-situ Measurements

    1. Importance of in-situ EDXRF Measurements in the Preservation and Conservation of Material Culture

      • A.G. Karydas, X. Brecoulaki, Th. Pantazis, E. Aloupi, V. Argyropoulos, D. Kotzamani et al.
      Pages 27-53
    2. Scientific Field Research in Egypt

      • Sakuji Yoshimura
      Pages 55-63
  3. Use of Ion Beam

    1. PIXE Study on Chinese Underglaze-Red Porcelain Made in Yuan Dynasty

      • H. S. Cheng, Z. Q. Zhang, E. K. Lin, Y. P. Huang
      Pages 151-158
    2. Glassmaking in the Venetian Manner

      • Mateja Kos, Žiga Šmit
      Pages 159-162
    3. Studies on Pigments for Ancient Ceramics and Glass Using X-ray Methods

      • B. Constantinescu, Roxana Bugoi, GH. Niculescu, D. Popovici, GH. Manacu-Adamesteanu
      Pages 163-171
    4. Compositional Differences of Blue and White Porcelain Analyzed by External Beam PIXE

      • Y. Sha, P. Q. Zhang, G. G. Wang, X. J. Zhang, X. Wang, J. Liu
      Pages 173-180

About this book

The application of X-rays to archaeological objects with the goal of gaining insight into both their construction and chemical composition, in a non-destructive manner, dates back to the discovery of radiation. Nowadays, X-ray techniques, such as X-ray fluorescense and diffraction are standard tools. This book offers physicists, art historians, archaeologists, curators, and conservators a detailed overview via contributions written by leading scientists in the field. The book contains scientific data, i.e. in situ measurement data taken with portable XRF and XRD, and fine data taken with accelerating ion beams and synchrotron radiations, together with their explanations. Results obtained by traditional scientific methods are also reviewed. The broad data collection spans experimental data taken both from monuments in the field and exhibits in museums, for example:

ancient Egyptian wall-painting pigments
ancient Egyptian wooden statues and mummies
ancient Greek funerary monuments
Cypriot ceramics
medieval, Lyubliana and Venetian glass
Romanian ceramics
ancient Near-Eastern clay
old Japanese porcelain
pre-Hispanic items from America
ancient Chinese underglaze-red
blue and white porcelain
Chinese celadon
Phoenician cosmetics

Also included are data from glazes, ancient gold and silver coins, gold jewelleries, gold alloys, corroded metals, gemstones (ruby, emerald and garnet), painting pigments, pottery, bronze, obsidian, stucco, turquoise, and so on. The discussion fostered here between natural scientists and archaeologists anticipates the future direction of archaeology.

Keywords

  • Cultural Heritage
  • PIXE
  • Relic
  • X-rays for Archaeology
  • XRF and XRD
  • artifacts
  • material culture
  • non-destructive analysis

Editors and Affiliations

  • Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan

    M. Uda

  • Namur University, Namur, Belgium

    G. Demortier

  • University of Tokyo, Japan

    I. Nakai

Bibliographic Information

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eBook
USD 169.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-1-4020-3581-4
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
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  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book
USD 219.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book
USD 219.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)