Characterisation of archaeological bronzes using PIXE, PIGE, RBS and AES spectrometries

A. Climent-Font, Guy Demortier, C. Palacio, I. Montero, José-Luis Ruvalcaba-Sil, D. Diaz

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    A reliable knowledge of the composition of archaeological bronzes for major and trace elements is of primary interest for the archaeologist. The composition of the metal artefacts gives information on the ancient technological knowledge and may help to distinguish between prehistoric cultural traditions. Pieces of bronzes from two pre-roman sites in Spain with different cultural traits have been analysed by ion beam analytical techniques (PIXE, PIGE and RBS) and Auger electron spectroscopy (AES). Joint use of these techniques has been found to be useful as they give complementary information on elemental composition and chemical state. The possible disturbance of the patina as a mask for the determination of the original underlying bronze composition has also been studied.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)229-236
    Number of pages8
    JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1998


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