Analyses of gold artifacts from Slovenia

Z. Smit, M. Budnar, P. Pelicon, B. Zorko, T. Knific, J. Istenic, N. Trampuz-Orel, Guy Demortier

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    The method of particle-induced X-ray emission (PIXE) was used for the study of two gold archaeological finds: a Norico–Pannonian brooch, presumably a votive item, and a pair of earrings and a ring from a Slavic female grave. The analysis was performed by an external proton millibeam and aimed to identify the manufacturing techniques. The brooch, including the spring, was made of a rather pure 98% gold. This may indicate that the brooch was produced for votive purposes, as a more flexible spring would suit an object to be worn. The Slavic ring was made of a different alloy than the earrings; moreover, its inhomogeneous alloy reveals the exploitation of local gold sources.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)753-757
    Number of pages5
    JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms
    Publication statusPublished - 2000


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