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X-ray fluorescence analyzers for investigating postmediaeval pottery from Southern Moravia

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Original title:X-ray fluorescence analyzers for investigating postmediaeval pottery from Southern Moravia
Authors:Tomáš Trojek, Martin Hložek, Tomáš Čechák, Ladislav Musílek
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Original language:English
Field:Archaeology, anthropology, ethnology
Type:Article in Periodical
Keywords:Archaeometry; XRFA; postmediaeval pottery; Southern Moravia; Strachotín

This paper deals with an investigation of ceramic archaeological finds with the use of in-situ X-ray fluorescence analysis. Firstly, three configurations of X-ray fluorescence analyzers constructed and used at the Czech Technical University in Prague are described and compared for use in a non-destructive survey of siliceous materials. Detection limits, depth of analysis, the relation of the analyzed area, the homogeneity of the samples, and variations in the element concentrations are discussed. Secondly, many shards of postmediaeval pottery from Southern Moravia are analyzed with X-ray fluorescence analysis and some of them also with electron microprobe analysis. Selected results are described.

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