Special Issue "Analysis of Archaeological Copper Alloys"

A special issue of Heritage (ISSN 2571-9408). This special issue belongs to the section "Archaeological Heritage".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

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Dr. Agresti Juri
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Istituto di Fisica Applicata “Nello Carrara”, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, (IFAC-CNR), 50019 Firenze, Italy
Interests: laser-induced plasma/breakdown spectroscopy (LIPS/LIBS); photonics; laser–matter interaction; development of optoelectronic devices; archaeometry; cultural heritage
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Dear Colleagues,

The knowledge of our past is deeply grounded on the study of ancient metallurgy and in particular of copper alloy artefacts production. Modern analytical techniques and instrumentation allow achieving unprecedented detailed information about the composition and manufacturing process of copper alloy artefacts. Moreover, conservation science and restoration practice require today more than ever the study of the composition and corrosion/alteration of these works of art.

This Special Issue focuses on the development and/or application of analytical techniques for the study of copper alloy artifacts with particular interest in the study of technological/manufacturing process and state of conservation and deterioration phenomena. We encourage the submission of reviews, providing an up-to-date overview of topics related to this Special Issue, and original research papers dealing with analytical techniques, portable/laboratory instrumentation or large-scale facility analysis, applied to the study of archaeological copper alloys, in its broadest meaning.

This Special Issue accepts experimental research and case studies on the following topics:

Copper alloy production/provenance study;

Combination of complementary techniques;

Technological study of copper alloy artefacts;

Destructive/non-destructive compositional analysis;

Compositional imaging and mapping with portable, laboratory or large-scale instruments;

Photonics or nuclear methods, including, but not limited to LIBS/LIPS , XRF, XRD, PIXE-PIGE, and neutron-based analysis;

Case studies of historical relevance.

Dr. Agresti Juri
Guest Editor

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Micro-Stratigraphical Investigation on Corrosion Layers in Ancient Bronze Artefacts of Urartian Period by Scanning Electron Microscopy, Energy-Dispersive Spectrometry, and Optical Microscopy
Heritage 2021, 4(3), 2526-2543; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/heritage4030143 - 19 Sep 2021
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The results of the analysis on some fragments of bronze belts and a bowl discovered from southwestern Armenia at the Yegheghnadzor archaeological site are discussed. The samples are dated to the 7–6th millennium BCE from the Urartian period. The artefacts were corroded, and [...] Read more.
The results of the analysis on some fragments of bronze belts and a bowl discovered from southwestern Armenia at the Yegheghnadzor archaeological site are discussed. The samples are dated to the 7–6th millennium BCE from the Urartian period. The artefacts were corroded, and a multilayer structure was formed. To study the stratigraphy of layers and their composition, the samples have been analyzed using SEM-EDS (Scanning Electron Microscopy, Energy-Dispersive Spectrometry) and OM (Optical Microscopy) techniques. The bronze finds appear with the typical incrustations rich in alloy alteration compounds. Concentrations of copper and tin in the alloys were quantified by SEM-EDS: the pattern and the percentage of the alloy are the same for the belts. Regarding the bowl sample, it is constituted by two foils perfectly in contact but different in color, thickness, and composition. The results evidenced that only two elements participate in forming the alloy composition in the samples: Cu and Sn. The tin content is variable from 7.75% to 13.56%. Other elements such as Ag, As, Fe, Ni, P, Pb, Sb, and Zn make up less than 1% and can be considered as impurities. Full article
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