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Modern methods for analysing archaeological and historical glass; 2v.


Modern methods for analysing archaeological and historical glass; 2v.

Janssens, Koen.

John Wiley & Sons


709 pages




Janssens (general and analytical chemistry, U. of Antwerp, Belgium) brings together scientists and scholars from Europe, North America, and Japan for 31 chapters in this two-volume set aimed at academics, museum curators, archaeologists, and graduate students.It reviews modern physico-chemical techniques for determining the composition of glass and speciation of specific components, and provides case studies of their use in analyzing specific culturo-historical or historo-technical aspects of glass manufacturing technology. They describe glass as a material, including its physico-chemical properties, raw materials, methods, physical processes, and materials for providing colors and tints, and how the composition of European glass has evolved; mass spectrometric methods for provenancing studies; and methods for determining the elemental composition and other properties of glass samples using energetic electromagnetic radiation, including X-rays for elemental glass analysis at the major to trace level, for speciation, and for 3D imaging, methods that use synchrotron radiation, forms of electron microscopy, analyzing minute glass fragments or entire vessels using ion beam methods, and instrumental neutron activation analysis. Subsequent sections address different surface analysis methods for the characterization of reactive glass surfaces, infrared and raman spectroscopy and microscopy, and X-ray absorption spectroscopy for the characterization of the chemical environment of metals in silicate glass materials, followed by studies of these methods to characterize archaeological glass fragments, historic museum pieces in glass, or other related materials, including Roman glass, European trade beads in Northeastern North America, Venetian soda glass, historic English lead glass, and Spanish monuments, and those from Bronze Age Italy, the Merovingian period in Western Europe, South and Southeast Asia, the Middle East, the Medieval period, and Versailles.

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