Neutron imaging for archaeometry

Veronika Szilágyi, Zoltán Kis, L. Szentmiklósi

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This paper gives an overview of neutron imaging applied to cultural heritage science. After introducing the potential of non-destructive imaging techniques (both with neutrons and X-rays), principles of neutron absorption radiography (NR) and tomography (NT) are described and compared to the corresponding X-ray radiography (XR) and tomography (XT). Examples of archaeometric applications made with NR/NT and presented hereafter are related to three major topics: (1) The technological studies investigate the details of the manufacturing method. (2) The functional studies determine the utilization of the objects by examination of the internal content (residues). (3) The corrosion or conservation studies focus on the preservation state and methods of the object. Neutron imaging is proved to be a powerful non-invasive tool in archaeometry, especially for the visualization of organic contents inside metals or less-dense matrices. Synergies between X-ray and neutron imaging are also highlighted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-172
Number of pages16
JournalArcheometriai Muhely
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Oct 17 2016


  • Conservation
  • Function
  • Neutron radiography
  • Neutron tomography
  • Technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology

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    Szilágyi, V., Kis, Z., & Szentmiklósi, L. (2016). Neutron imaging for archaeometry. Archeometriai Muhely, 13(3), 157-172.