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    DescriptionAnalytical Archaeometry describes this interesting and challenging field of research - on the border between natural sciences (chemistry, spectroscopy, biology, geology) and humanities (archaeology, (art-)history, conservation sciences). It fills the gap between these two areas whilst focussing on the analytical aspects of this research field. The first part of the book studies the main analytical techniques used in this research field. The second part expands from the different types of materials usually encountered, and the final part is organised around a series of typical research questions. The book is not only focussed on archaeological materials, but is also accessible to a broader lay audience. Overall the book is clearly structured and gives insight into different approaches to the study of analytical providing extensive discussion on a wide range of techniques, materials, questions and applications. Due to the advances in analytical instrumentation and applications in this field, it is important to have all this information merged together. Academics as well as professionals in archaeology, art history, museum labs and conservation science will find this an invaluable reference source ensuring the reader is provided with the latest progress in this research field.


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    Title
    Analytical Archaeometry
    Subtitle
    Selected Topics
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by Howell Edwards, Edited by Peter Vandenabeele, Contributions by Katherine Eremin, Series edited by Simon J. Gaskell, Contributions by Geert Verhoeven, Contributions by Martine Regert, Contributions by David Strivay, Contributions by Anita Quye, Contributions by Alex von Bohlen, Contributions by Ivelin Kuleff
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 593
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 42 mm
    Weight: 1,148 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781849731621
    ISBN 10: 1849731624
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
    B&T Merchandise Category: SCI
    B&T General Subject: 710
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 02
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15520
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    BIC subject category V2: HDW
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.5
    Abridged Dewey: 543
    LC classification: QC
    BISAC V2.8: SCI013010
    BIC subject category V2: PNFS
    BISAC V2.8: SCI078000
    DC23: 930.1028
    Thema V1.0: PNFS, NKX
    Publisher
    Royal Society Of Chemistry
    Imprint name
    Royal Society Of Chemistry
    Publication date
    29 November 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Author Information
    Professor Howell GM Edwards has published over 430 research papers in Raman spectroscopy and is on the Editorial Advisory Boards of the Journal of Raman Spectroscopy, Spectrochimica Acta: Biomolecular Spectroscopy, the Internet Journal of Vibrational Spectroscopy and the Asian Journal of Spectroscopy. He has supervised 40 research students for Ph.D degrees. Currently, he has research collaborations with groups in Spain, France, Denmark, Germany, Australia, Brazil and the USA. He has lectured widely on Raman spectroscopy and its applications including Plenary and Invited Lectures in Brazil, Australia, Finland, Denmark, Spain, France, South Africa, U.S.A and Germany. Sponsors of his research work include Bruker (Germany), Stiefel Pharmaceuticals, British Nuclear Fuels plc, ICI, BP, Purolite Intl. (USA), British Antarctic Survey, Repsol (Spain), the British Council and Elf Aquitaine (France). Professor Edwards is also national committee member of the Molecular Spectroscopy Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry and also of the UK Astrobiology Panel. Peter Vandenabeele is Professor of Archaeometry at the University of Ghent, Belgium. His main research interests are the application of Raman and analytical techniques to archaeology and art materials , dyestuffs , wall paintings and ceramics.
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    The book gives good guidelines on how to select the.most.appropriate techniques, and covers non-destructive and micro-destructive techniques The chapters on different applications, contributed by known experts in eaCh field, are a valuable resource for an archaeometry researcher unfamiliar -with the techniques described. This multi-authored book is also recommended to students studying for masters in chemical science and conservation science. Analytical Archaeometry covers the most common analytical techniques and procedures applied to art and archaeological objects. clearly presenting their advantages and disadvantages. -- Maria Perla Colombini Anal Bioanal Chern (2013) 405:5635--5636 DOl 10.1007/s00216-013-7008-9 Book's topic This book outlines the principles and applications of the most important analytical techniques in use for analysing artworks and archaeological objects, and discusses the materials encountered in this field.Description of the analytical techniques includes fundamental theoretical backgrounds, but the main focus is on how to apply those techniques and the information that can be obtained by use of archaeometry. The book's 20 chapters are divided into three parts. Part one covers the most commonly used analytical techniques; part two deals with composition, analytical methods, and degradation of materials; and part three discusses some emerging archaeometric themes. The book gives good guidelines on how to select the most appropriate techniques, and covers non-destructive and micro-destructive techniques Contents Chapters 1-7 cover the imaging techniques that are the basis of common non-destructive scientific visualisation: vibrational spectroscopy; X-ray methods, including instrumentation and archaeometry applications; radiocarbon dating; separation techniques, mostly interfaced with mass spectrometry to identify organic substances; mass spectrometry, focusing on element identification and isotope determination; and electrochemical techniques (useful to obtain information about composition and origin). Chapters 8-17 describe the composition and ageing behaviour of several materials encountered in art and archaeology. Pottery, glass, and obsidian artefacts are critically reviewed, covering the most recent literature. Advanced instrumental techniques used to characterise enamelled metalwork and gemstones (not commonly discussed in the literature) reveal new possibilities for investigating these materials. A survey of pigments and dyes in history emphasizes the importance of colours and the complexity of their chemical composition. The chapter on the structures and materials of panel and canvas paintings summarises how to characterise both artists' materials and those used for restoration. Chapter 14 provides information enabling better understanding of the rates and mechanisms of corrosion of ferrous metals under different environmental conditions. Resin and fossil resins are briefly discussed in Chapter 15, and innovative analytical procedures for identifying archaeological ivory are detailed. Historical textiles are taken into account, but only in description of a case study (a 17th-century bodice). Chapters 18 and 19 report recent developments in the authentication of art and archaeological objects and of gemstones, and give insights into the production of the decorative tiles used in Iranian architecture. The closing chapter deals with an intriguing topic related to chemical Comparison with the existing literature The book focuses on the theory and practice of state-of-the-art analytical identification of underwater remains.techniques and on characterisation of the materials of artworks and archaeological objects. A few topics, e.g. authentication and identification of gemstones, have some coverage in the few books available on archaeometry-- Archaeological Chemistry by A.M. Pollard and C. Heron (RSC Publishing 2008) or Analytical Techniques in Material Conservation by B. Stuart (Wiley 2007). Although not exhaustive, most of the arguments are thoroughly discussed and well-documented. Critical assessment The book covers conceptual and technological developments of, approximately, the last ten years in the ever-expanding field of archaeometry. It discusses new developments in the field and clarifies the use of nondestructive and micro-destructive diagnostic techniques. The chapters on different applications, contributed by known experts in each field, are a valuable resource for any archaeometry researcher unfamiliar with the techniques described. Thismulti-authored book is also recommended to students studying for masters in chemical science and conservation science. Summary Analytical Archaeometry covers the most common analytical techniques and procedures applied to art and archaeological objects, clearly presenting their advantages and disadvantages. The book provides an overview of the analytical techniques that are available to those with an interest in archaeometry and conservation sciences. -- Maria Perla Colombini Anal Bioanal Chem (2013) 405:5635-5636 DOI 10.1007/s00216-013-7008-9
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    Analytical Archaeometry describes this interesting and challenging field of research - on the border between natural sciences (chemistry, spectroscopy, biology, geology) and humanities (archaeology, (art-)history, conservation sciences). It fills the gap between these two areas whilst focussing on the analytical aspects of this research field. The first part of the book studies the main analytical techniques used in this research field. The second part expands from the different types of materials usually encountered, and the final part is organised around a series of typical research questions. The book is not only focussed on archaeological materials, but is also accessible to a broader lay audience. Overall the book is clearly structured and gives insight into different approaches to the study of analytical providing extensive discussion on a wide range of techniques, materials, questions and applications. Due to the advances in analytical instrumentation and applications in this field, it is important to have all this information merged together. Academics as well as professionals in archaeology, art history, museum labs and conservation science will find this an invaluable reference source ensuring the reader is provided with the latest progress in this research field.
    Table of contents
    Introduction; Part I. ANALYTICAL METHODS: Introduction; Methods of Visualisation; Vibrational spectroscopy; X-Ray methods; Nuclear techniques; Methods of separation; Mass spectrometry; Electrochemical techniques; Part II. MATERIALS: Ceramics and enamels; Glass; Stone; Gemstones/minerals; Obsidian; Pigments and dyes; Icons and paintings; Metals / corrosion; Biomaterials; Resins, bitumens, tar, coal; Ivory and bones; Wood; Textiles; Contemporary materials; PART III: QUESTIONS: Identification; Authentication; Technology of production; Provenancing; Dating; Degradation and conservation; Dietary reconstruction; Summary; Index