Nondestructive compositional analysis of ceramics

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Abstract

Ancient pottery plays an important role in the investigation of past civilizations; it provides archaeologists with specific details of life in ancient times. Compositional analysis of the ceramic material can identify the manufacturing techniques employed by ancient potters, and pinpoint distribution patterns of ceramic goods throughout the ancient world. Nevertheless, this vital information usually comes at a considerable cost because most compositional analyses require the partial or total destruction of the ancient artifact, resulting in the loss of irreplaceable cultural heritage. A new technique employing dual energy computed tomography (DECT), developed at Macquarie University, Australia, provides comparable results to conventional analyses, but in stark contrast the DECT technique is totally nondestructive, thereby preserving cultural heritage for future generations.
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe encyclopedia of archaeological sciences
EditorsSandra L. López Varela
Place of PublicationMalden, MA
PublisherWiley-Blackwell, Wiley
Pages1208-1214
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781119188230
ISBN (Print)9780470674611
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 Nov 2018

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Compositional Analysis
Cultural Heritage
Computed Tomography
Energy
Conventional
Costs
Civilization
Destruction
Archaeologists
Pottery
Future Generations
Manufacturing
Artifact

Keywords

  • dual energy computed tomography
  • ancient pottery
  • compositional techniques
  • nondestructive

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McKenzie-Clark, J., & Magnussen, J. (2018). Nondestructive compositional analysis of ceramics. In S. L. López Varela (Ed.), The encyclopedia of archaeological sciences (pp. 1208-1214). Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, Wiley. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119188230.saseas0410
McKenzie-Clark, Jaye ; Magnussen, John. / Nondestructive compositional analysis of ceramics. The encyclopedia of archaeological sciences. editor / Sandra L. López Varela. Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, Wiley, 2018. pp. 1208-1214
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McKenzie-Clark J, Magnussen J. Nondestructive compositional analysis of ceramics. In López Varela SL, editor, The encyclopedia of archaeological sciences. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, Wiley. 2018. p. 1208-1214 https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119188230.saseas0410