Characterisation of Roman copper alloy artefacts and soil from Rakafot 54 (Beer Sheva, Israel)

Manuel J.H. Peters, Yuval Goren, Peter Fabian, José Mirão, Sabrina Grassini, Emma Angelini

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Abstract

The research presented in this paper focused on the preliminary non-destructive analysis of copper alloys, corrosion, and soil components from a Roman archaeological site in Israel. pXRF, XRD, and micromorphological analyses were carried out to gain a better understanding of the corrosion processes affecting the copper alloy artefacts, by characterising the alloy composition, soil environments, and corrosion products. Preliminary results indicate that the artefacts consist of copper-lead-tin alloys, covered by copper hydroxy-chlorides and lead sulphate phases with slight variations in their crystallisation. The multi-analytical approach revealed the presence of quartz, calcite, gypsum and feldspars in the sediments, while thin sections more specifically indicate loess soils with local micro-environments.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 IMEKO TC4 International Conference on Metrology for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage, MetroArchaeo 2019
PublisherIMEKO-International Measurement Federation Secretariat
Pages395-400
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9789299008454
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2019
Event2019 IMEKO TC4 International Conference on Metrology for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage, MetroArchaeo 2019 - Florence, Italy
Duration: 4 Dec 20196 Dec 2019

Publication series

Name2019 IMEKO TC4 International Conference on Metrology for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage, MetroArchaeo 2019

Conference

Conference2019 IMEKO TC4 International Conference on Metrology for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage, MetroArchaeo 2019
Country/TerritoryItaly
CityFlorence
Period4/12/196/12/19

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