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A (not so) dangerous method: pXRF vs. EPMA-WDS analyses of copper-based artefacts

Orfanou, V; Rehren, T; (2014) A (not so) dangerous method: pXRF vs. EPMA-WDS analyses of copper-based artefacts. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 10.1007/s12520-014-0198-z. Green open access

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Abstract

Analysis of metal objects with portable and handheld X-ray fluorescence spectrometry has become increasingly popular in recent years. Here, methodological concerns that apply to non-destructive, surface examination with XRF instruments of ancient metal artefacts are discussed based on the comparative analyses of a set of copper-based objects by means of portable X-ray fluorescence (pXRF) and electron probe microanalyser (EPMA). The analytical investigation aims to explore issues of instrument comparability and reliability of the non-invasive pXRF results. The different analytical approaches produce a comparable pattern for the major element concentrations, but substantial variation is evident when it comes to the absolute values for major and minor/trace elements.

Type: Article
Title: A (not so) dangerous method: pXRF vs. EPMA-WDS analyses of copper-based artefacts
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s12520-014-0198-z
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12520-014-0198-z
Language: English
Additional information: © The Author(s) 2014. This article is published with open access at Springerlink.com
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1456630
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