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In the past twenty years, environmental problems have assumed major importance and thus have a bearing on policy-making at national and European Union level. In this context, mass spectrometry occupies a salient position in view of its specificity, sensitivity and dynamic interval, as well as the ease with which it can be linked to a number of other techniques. As in environmental research, mass spectrometry is also playing an increasing part in the cultural field, for example for acquiring data to establish the origin of archaeological finds, for investigating fake artefacts, or for studying processes causing monuments to deteriorate. Such research not only contributes greatly to archaeological studies but also enhances understanding of many processes in this sphere and increases knowledge vital for the preservation of cultural heritage. The report illustrates this with examples based on isotope analysis and the identification of elements and organic compounds occurring at trace levels and in different isomeric forms.

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Authors: FACCHETTI S, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Convegno Massa 95, Palermo (IT), April 25-29, 1995
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper IT 38954 ORA
Record Number: 199510688 / Last updated on: 1995-07-07
Original language: it
Available languages: it
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