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PIXE, electron microprobe data, and experimental archaeology: Tell el-Ajjul and pilot studies of gold granulation joining practices in the mediterranean bronze age

Politis, T, Abraham, M, Northover, P and Grime, G (2002) PIXE, electron microprobe data, and experimental archaeology: Tell el-Ajjul and pilot studies of gold granulation joining practices in the mediterranean bronze age Materials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings, 712. pp. 441-450.

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Abstract

This paper discusses the results of a pilot study using Proton Induced X-ray Emission (PIXE) analysis of gold granulated objects from the Bronze Age site of Tell el-Ajjul in Southern Palestine obtained with the Oxford University proton microprobe. Using modern granulated samples with known smithing processes as points of comparison, it is demonstrated how information on ancient joining practices may be accurately gauged. The importance of characterizing objects of known provenance is emphasized in a discussion of archaeological context. It is argued that the building of a large Mediterranean-wide database of granulation analyses can add new depths to our understanding of temporal, social, cultural and technological relationships in the past.

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NameEmailORCID
Politis, TUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Abraham, MUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Northover, PUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Grime, Gg.grime@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Date : 1 December 2002
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 12:06
Last Modified : 17 May 2017 15:01
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/834017

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