A study, by fire-assay and ICP-MS, of the distribution of rhodium, platinum, and gold in iron-age pottery

Pillay, A. E. and Punyadeera, C. (2001) A study, by fire-assay and ICP-MS, of the distribution of rhodium, platinum, and gold in iron-age pottery. Journal of Trace and Microprobe Techniques, 19 2: 243-250.


Author Pillay, A. E.
Punyadeera, C.
Title A study, by fire-assay and ICP-MS, of the distribution of rhodium, platinum, and gold in iron-age pottery
Journal name Journal of Trace and Microprobe Techniques   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0733-4680
Publication date 2001
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1081/TMA-100002213
Volume 19
Issue 2
Start page 243
End page 250
Total pages 8
Publisher Marcel Dekker
Language eng
Abstract Forty-six archaeological specimens were treated by fire-assay and subsequently analysed by ICP-MS for selected precious metals: Rh, Pt and Au. The investigation was prompted by the possibility that archaeological samples could serve as “indicators” of the precious metal composition of the clays from the excavated sites. Therefore, the experimentally obtained concentrations were carefully studied to determine if there were anomalous levels of these precious metals in the deposits from which the specimens originated. Furthermore, the analytical data were used to establish if it was feasible to distinguish ancient potsherds based on precious metal concentrations, for employment as a basis in provenance studies.
Keyword fire-assay
Icp-Ms
precious metals
iron-age pottery
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology Publications
 
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