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PIXE Analysis of Pre-Hispanic Items from Ancient America

  • J. L. Ruvalcada Sil

Abstract

In this work, a review of applications of Particle Induced X-ray Emission Spectroscopy (PIXE) for analysis of ancient artifacts and materials from various ancient civilizations from different American cultural regions is presented. Obsidians, pottery, metallic items (gold and bronze), teeth, pigments, stucco and decorations of pottery are the most studied materials using PIXE. Artifacts and materials from museums and archaeological excavations have been studied using various analytical approaches. Several methodologies and their results are discussed.

Keywords

PIXE pottery bronze gold pigment obsidian stucco gemstone turquoise Mesoamerica South America 

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  • J. L. Ruvalcada Sil
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  1. 1.Instituto de FísicaUNAMMéxicoMexico

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