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This book emphasizes typical applications of ion beam techniques for the study of various archaeological objects: paint layers, pottery, glass, enamels, obsidians, stone tools, bronzes, silver and gold coins, and gold jewellery items. The book presents some success stories from European laboratories involved in the COST G1 Action and describes how these non-destructive techniques were used e.g., for the correct dating of Galileo manuscripts or depth profiling of famous paintings or the deduction of the procedure used by ancient goldsmiths in the fabrication of gold jewellery. The basics of ion beam techniques (PIXE, RBS, etc.) are briefly explained in the annexe. The aim of this book is to persuade museum curators and archaeologists on the usefulness of ion beam techniques in solving some particular problems.

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Authors: DEMORTIER G, FacultÚs Universitaires N-D de la Paix, Laboratoire d'Analyses par RÚactions NuclÚaires;ADRIAENS A (EDITORS), Namur (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19218 EN (2000) 136 pp.,
Availability: Available from EUR-OP sales agents
ISBN: ISBN 92-828-7652-7
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