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Standardisation of elemental analytical techniques applied to provenance studies of archaeological ceramics: an inter laboratory calibration study
Hein, A.; Tsolakidou, A.; Iliopoulos, I.; Mommsen, H.; Buxeda i Garrigós, Jaume; Montana, G.; Kilikoglou, V.
Universitat de Barcelona
Chemical analysis is a well-established procedure for the provenancing of archaeological ceramics. Various analytical techniques are routinely used and large amounts of data have been accumulated so far in data banks. However, in order to exchange results obtained by different laboratories, the respective analytical procedures need to be tested in terms of their inter-comparability. In this study, the schemes of analysis used in four laboratories that are involved in archaeological pottery studies on a routine basis were compared. The techniques investigated were neutron activation analysis (NAA), X-ray fluorescence analysis (XRF), inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES) and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). For this comparison series of measurements on different geological standard reference materials (SRM) were carried out and the results were statistically evaluated. An attempt was also made towards the establishment of calibration factors between pairs of analytical setups in order to smooth the systematic differences among the results.
Ceràmica antiga
Química arqueològica
Pottery ancient
Archaeological chemistry
(c) The Royal Society of Chemistry, 2002
The Royal Society of Chemistry

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