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Materials Characterization for Cultural Heritage: XRF Case Studies in Archaeology and Art

  • Brady Liss
  • Samantha Stout
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Part of the Quantitative Methods in the Humanities and Social Sciences book series (QMHSS)

Abstract

X-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectroscopy has become an important materials characterization technique used by researchers studying cultural and archaeological artifacts. XRF is often a first choice for an initial materials investigation due to its nondestructive nature, swift setup, short acquisition times, portability, and ease of use. XRF analysis is noninvasive, and can be undertaken without contacting the artifact, making it also preferred from a conservation standpoint, and routinely adopted by heritage conservation practitioners. In particular, handheld, portable XRF instruments can be easily transported and deployed under most field scenarios and conditions. As such, XRF has secured its place in the cultural heritage/archaeological tool box. This chapter will present an overview of the role and use of XRF for the collection/acquisition of materials characterization data on cultural heritage and archaeological artifacts.

Keywords

XRF Materials Heritage Archaeology Art 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Anthropology, Center for Cyber-Archaeology & Sustainability, Qualcomm InstituteUniversity of CaliforniaSan DiegoUSA

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