RBS, PIXE, Ion-Microbeam and SR-FTIR Analyses of Pottery Fragments from Azerbaijan

Lorenzo Torrisi, Valentina Venuti, Vincenza Crupi, Letteria Silipigni, Mariapompea Cutroneo, Giuseppe Paladini, Alfio Torrisi, Vladimír Havránek, Anna Macková, Mauro Francesco La Russa, Giovanni Birarda, Lisa Vaccari (+4 others)
2019 Heritage  
The present work is aimed at the investigation of the ceramic bulk and pigmented glazed surfaces of ancient potteries dating back to XIX century A.D. and coming from the charming archeological site located in the Medieval Agsu town (Azerbaijan), a geographic area of special interest due to the ancient commercial routes between China, Asia Minor, and Europe. For the purpose of the study, complementary investigation tools have been exploited: non-destructive or micro-destructive investigation at
more » ... e investigation at elemental level by ion beam analysis (IBA) techniques, by using Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry (RBS), Proton-Induced X-ray Emission (PIXE) spectroscopy and ion-microbeam analysis, and chemical characterization at microscopic level, by means of synchrotron radiation (SR) Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) microspectroscopy. The acquired information reveals useful for the identification of the provenance, the reconstruction of the firing technology, and finally, the identification of the pigment was used as a colorant of the glaze.
doi:10.3390/heritage2030113 fatcat:uv3mspbaozeoldemcwfcvfnhie