Analytical Chemistry in Archaeology

Analytical Chemistry in Archaeology

by A. M. Pollard, C. M Batt, B. Stern, S. M. M. Young
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521655722

ISBN-13: 9780521655729

Pub. Date: 01/31/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book is an introductory manual that explains the basic concepts of chemistry behind scientific analytical techniques and that reviews their application to archaeology. It explains key terminology, outlines the procedures to be followed in order to produce good data, and describes the function of the basic instrumentation required to carry out those procedures.

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This book is an introductory manual that explains the basic concepts of chemistry behind scientific analytical techniques and that reviews their application to archaeology. It explains key terminology, outlines the procedures to be followed in order to produce good data, and describes the function of the basic instrumentation required to carry out those procedures. The manual contains chapters on the basic chemistry and physics necessary to understand the techniques used in analytical chemistry, with more detailed chapters on Atomic Absorption, Inductively Coupled Plasma Emission Spectroscopy, Neutron Activation Analysis, X-ray Flourescence, Electron Microscopy, Infra-red and Raman Spectroscopy, and Mass Spectrometry. Each chapter describes the operation of the instruments, some hints on the practicalities, and a review of the application of the technique to archaeology, including some case studies. With guides to further reading on the topic, it is an essential tool for practitioners, researchers and advanced students alike.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521655729
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/31/2006
Series:
Cambridge Manuals in Archaeology Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
418
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

Part I. The Role of Analytical Chemistry in Archaeology: 1. Archaeology and analytical chemistry; 2. An introduction to analytical chemistry; Part II. The Application of Analytical Chemistry to Archaeology: 3. Elemental analysis by absorption and emission spectroscopies; 4. Molecular analysis by absorption and Raman spectroscopy; 5. X-ray techniques and electron beam microanalysis; 6. Neutron activation analysis; 7. Chromatography; 8. Mass spectrometry; 9. Inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS); Part III. Some Basic Chemistry for Archaeologists: 10. Atoms, isotopes, electron orbitals and the periodic table; 11. Valency, bonding and molecules; 12. The electromagnetic spectrum; 13. Practical issues in analytical chemistry.

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