Prompt gamma activation analysis for non-destructive characterization of chipped stone tools and raw materials

Zs Kasztovszky, K. T. Biró, A. Markó, V. Dobosi

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Abstract

Recently, several archaeometrical projects were started on the prehistoric collection of the Hungarian National Museum. Among the analytical methods applied, non-destructive prompt gamma activation analysis (PGAA) has a special importance. Based on major-and trace components, characterization of stone tools and their raw materials were performed. Until now, 160 pieces from Carpathian Basin and from the surrounding area (Romania, Croatia, Ukraine, Poland and the Mediterranean region) have been analyzed, including both archaeological and geological pieces. Obsidian and Szeletian felsitic porphyry objects adequately separable with PGAA. Identification of high silica silex categories, however, is much more difficult.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-298
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Volume278
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Pollution
  • Spectroscopy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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