Laser Ablation-ICP-MS in Archaeological Research

Laser Ablation-ICP-MS in Archaeological Research

by Robert J. Speakman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0826332544

ISBN-13: 9780826332547

Pub. Date: 06/01/2005

Publisher: University of New Mexico Press

These fifteen essays explore the archaeological applications of an exciting new field of research in materials science. Since the first archaeometric uses of inductively coupled plasma (ICP) in the early 1980s, most applications have required the processing of solid samples with heat and/or strong acids. This is time consuming, expensive, and sometimes dangerous.

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Overview

These fifteen essays explore the archaeological applications of an exciting new field of research in materials science. Since the first archaeometric uses of inductively coupled plasma (ICP) in the early 1980s, most applications have required the processing of solid samples with heat and/or strong acids. This is time consuming, expensive, and sometimes dangerous.

An alternative sample-introduction technique, laser ablation (LA), became commercially available in the mid-1990s. The coupling of laser ablation with state-of-the-art inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometers (ICP-MS) has resulted in the development of extremely sensitive microprobes capable of determining most elements of the periodic table. Already recognized as an invaluable technique in earth sciences, zoology, and botany, the use of LA-ICP-MS is being explored in archaeology.

Robert Speakman and Hector Neff bring together writings that specifically describe laser ablation, methods for data quantification, and applications. Originating in New World and Mediterranean sites, the materials whose analysis are described here include paints and glazes, ceramic pastes, lithics, human teeth and bone, and metals.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826332547
Publisher:
University of New Mexico Press
Publication date:
06/01/2005
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1The application of laser ablation-ICP-MS to the study of archaeological materials - an introduction1
Ch. 2Straight from the source : obsidian prismatic blades at El Ujuxte, Guatemala17
Ch. 3LA-ICP-MS as a supplement to abbreviated-INAA for obsidian artifacts from the Aztec-Tarascan frontier29
Ch. 4Laser ablation-ICP-MS chemical characterization of jade from a jade workshop in Cancuen, Guatemala39
Ch. 5Characterization of Montana cherts by LA-ICP-MS59
Ch. 6Searching for analytical alternatives to the characterization of copper minerals77
Ch. 7Laser ablation-ICP-MS of African glass trade beads85
Ch. 8Laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) as a bulk chemical characterization technique : comparison of LA-ICP-MS, digestion-ICP-MS, and INAA data on Virgin Branch Anasazi ceramics95
Ch. 9A provenance study of Hohokam schist-tempered pottery and raw materials from the middle Gila River Valley, Arizona : techniques and prospects105
Ch. 10Archaeological applications of tephra analysis by LA-ICP-MS117
Ch. 11Laser ablation-ICP-MS analysis of late Neolithic ceramic pigments from the Amuq Plain, Turkey125
Ch. 12A compositional analysis of Nasca pigments : implications for craft production on the pre-Hispanic south coast of Peru139
Ch. 13A preliminary analysis of pigments used in redware pottery production at Point of Pines, Arizona155
Ch. 14Chemical characterization of Mesa Verde and Mancos black-on-white pottery pigments by LA-ICP-MS167
Ch. 15Detecting provenance of African-origin individuals in the colonial cemetery of Campeche, Yucatan : a new approach using trace elements and LA-ICP-MS187

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