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In-situ examination and analysis of the gold jewellery from the Phoenician tomb of Kition (Cyprus)

Guerra, MF; Rehren, THH; (2009) In-situ examination and analysis of the gold jewellery from the Phoenician tomb of Kition (Cyprus). ArcheoSciences 33 , 33 pp. 151-158. Green open access

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Abstract

The Phoenician tomb discovered in Kition in 1998 yielded some of the most impressive gold jewellery items recovered by archaeological excavations in Cyprus. Seal finger-rings, lunate earrings, necklace pendants, bracelets and a richly decorated elbow fibula exemplify the goldsmith’s skill in the 8th-7th century BC. The aim of this work is to describe and illustrate the goldsmith’s techniques with low magnification micrographs and to determine the variety in composition of the gold alloys used in the manufacture of 25 items. The study, integrated in the European project AUTHENTICO, was carried out at the National Museum of Archaeology of Nicosia with a porTable video camera equipped with a zoom and a handheld XRF spectrometer.

Type: Article
Title: In-situ examination and analysis of the gold jewellery from the Phoenician tomb of Kition (Cyprus)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://archeosciences.revues.org/2148
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Analysis, gold, jewellery, Kition, phoenician
UCL classification: UCL > Office of the President and Provost
UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences
UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences > Institute of Archaeology
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URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1475897
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