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On the soldering techniques of gold objects from the Boma site, Xinjiang, China

Yang, F; Rehren, T; Kang, P; Liu, S; Chen, K; (2020) On the soldering techniques of gold objects from the Boma site, Xinjiang, China. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports , 33 , Article 102572. 10.1016/j.jasrep.2020.102572. Green open access

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Abstract

The soldering techniques used in ancient goldwork are of great interesting for scholars from various disciplines. In this paper, the soldering techniques of the 3rd to 5th century CE gold artefacts from the Boma site in Xinijang are investigated based on micro-analysis of cross-section samples. The results show that Au-Ag-Cu ternary alloy with high silver and copper content was used as solder material for connecting gold wire onto the arm armor, while copper salt bonding was used for the granulation of the finger ring and scabbard. The unusually slight compositional differences in the joining areas of the Boma granulation samples remind us of their complicated heat treatment, a crucial aspect for the understanding of ancient goldsmithing to which more attention needs to be paid.

Type: Article
Title: On the soldering techniques of gold objects from the Boma site, Xinjiang, China
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.jasrep.2020.102572
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2020.102572
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Ancient goldwork, Joining technique, Solder material, Copper salt bonding, Heat treatment
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10112134
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