Isotopes in Vitreous Materials

Edited by Patrick Degryse, Julian Henderson, and Greg Hodgins

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For all archaeological artefactual evidence, the study of the provenance, production technology and trade of raw materials must be based on archaeometry. Whereas the study of the provenance and trade of stone and ceramics is already well advanced, this is not necessarily the case for ancient glass. The nature of the raw materials used and the geographical location of their transformation into artefacts often remain unclear. Currently, these questions are addressed by the use of radiogenic isotope analysis. With the specific information the technique provides, archaeologists can further their understanding of the of ancient glass production, based not only on typo-morphological features but also on exact scientific methods. The book captures the state of the art in this rapidly advancing field. It includes methodological papers on isotope analysis, innovative applications of several isotope systems to current questions in glass and glaze research, and advances in the knowledge of the economy of vitreous materials.

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P. Degryse, J. Henderson, G. Hodgins, Isotopes in vitreous materials, a state-of-the-art and perspectives

I.C. Freestone, S. Wolf, M. Thirlwall, Isotopic composition of glass from the Levant and the south-eastern Mediterranean Region

P. Degryse, J. Schneider, V. Lauwers, J. Henderson, B. Van Daele, M. Martens, H. Huisman, D. De Muynck, P. Muchez, Neodymium and strontium isotopes in the provenance determination of primary natron glass production

J. Henderson, J. Evans, Y. Barkoudah, The provenance of Syrian plant ash glass: an isotopic approach

A.J. Shortland, The implications of lead isotope analysis for the source of pigments in Late Bronze Age Egyptian vitreous materials

D. Dungworth, P. Degryse, J. Schneider, Kelp in historic glass: the application of strontium isotope analysis

P. Marzo, F. Laborda, J. Pérez-Arantegui, Medieval and postmedieval Hispano-Moresque glazed ceramics: new possibilities of characterization by means of lead isotope ratio determination by Quadrupole ICP-MS 131

M.S. Walton, PLS regression to determine lead isotope ratios of Roman lead glazed ceramics by laser ablation TOF-ICP-MS 145

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The Editors

Format: Edited volume - ebook

166 pages

ISBN: 9789461660510

Publication: March 20, 2013

Series: Studies in Archaeological Sciences 1

Languages: English

Greg Hodgins is an Assistant Research Scientist and an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the National Science Foundation - Arizona Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Laboratory, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA.


Julian Henderson is Professor of Archaeological Science at the department of Archaeology, School of Humanities, at the University of Nottingham, UK.


Patrick Degryse is Research Professor of Archaeometry and vice-director of the Centre for Archaeological Sciences at KU Leuven.

This volume is a welcome and needed synthesis of isotopic analyses of inorganic vitreous archaeological materials. Discussions in various chapters on the history of the use of recent isotopic analysis of archaeological materials are very useful and make this book invaluable to scholars and students needing to understand some basics. Provenance, an important question for archaeologists, was adequately addressed in nearly all chapters.
Reviewed by Thomas R. Fenn, School of Anthropology, University of Arizona, Tucson for Journal of Field Archaeology 2011 VOL. 36 NO. 1


 

This volume is a welcome and needed synthesis of isotopic analyses of inorganic vitreous archaeological materials. Discussions in various chapters on the history of the use of recent isotopic analysis of archaeological materials are very useful and make this book invaluable to scholars and students needing to understand some basics. Provenance, an important question for archaeologists, was adequately addressed in nearly all chapters.
Reviewed by Thomas R. Fenn, School of Anthropology, University of Arizona, Tucson for Journal of Field Archaeology 2011 VOL. 36 NO. 1