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The Use of Non-Destructive Energy Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence (EDXRF) Analysis for Sourcing Flint in Northern Europe: Progress to Date and Prospects for the Future : Progress to Date and Prospects for the Future

Olausson, Deborah LU ; Högberg, Anders LU and Hughes, Richard (2017) Raw Materials Exploitation in Prehistory p.98-112
Abstract
The article summarizes the results of work since 2010 to develop non- destructive energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence analysis (EDXRF) as a non-destructive method for determining the provenience of flint in northern Europe. Some 40 localities from Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Poland, and Ukraine have been sampled and analyzed. Trace elements have not proven particularly effective in drawing distinctions between and among flint and chert because they often occur below, or near, detection limits. However CaO and Fe compositions usually generated the highest count rates and total counts using EDXRF and their concentrations allowed satisfactory partitioning of some of the flints we analyzed. EDXRF can help us to discriminate among various... (More)
The article summarizes the results of work since 2010 to develop non- destructive energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence analysis (EDXRF) as a non-destructive method for determining the provenience of flint in northern Europe. Some 40 localities from Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Poland, and Ukraine have been sampled and analyzed. Trace elements have not proven particularly effective in drawing distinctions between and among flint and chert because they often occur below, or near, detection limits. However CaO and Fe compositions usually generated the highest count rates and total counts using EDXRF and their concentrations allowed satisfactory partitioning of some of the flints we analyzed. EDXRF can help us to discriminate among various outcrops of flint used for tool production during prehistory. Future work involves investigating correlations between flint chemistry and visual appearance, as well as investigating source-critical aspects of post-depositional effects on tool surfaces. (Less)
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Non-destructive energy dispersive X-ray analysis, flint, provenience analysis, geochemistry
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The Exploitation of Raw Materials in Prehistory : Sourcing, Processing and Distribution - Sourcing, Processing and Distribution
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Pereira, Telmo ; Terradas, Xavier ; Bicho, Nuno Ferreira ; ; and
pages
15 pages
publisher
Cambridge Scholars Publishing
conference name
Raw Materials Exploitation in Prehistory
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Faro, Portugal
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2016-03-10 - 2016-03-12
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978-1-4438-9597-2
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English
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yes
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  abstract     = {The article summarizes the results of work since 2010 to develop non- destructive energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence analysis (EDXRF) as a non-destructive method for determining the provenience of flint in northern Europe. Some 40 localities from Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Poland, and Ukraine have been sampled and analyzed. Trace elements have not proven particularly effective in drawing distinctions between and among flint and chert because they often occur below, or near, detection limits. However CaO and Fe compositions usually generated the highest count rates and total counts using EDXRF and their concentrations allowed satisfactory partitioning of some of the flints we analyzed. EDXRF can help us to discriminate among various outcrops of flint used for tool production during prehistory. Future work involves investigating correlations between flint chemistry and visual appearance, as well as investigating source-critical aspects of post-depositional effects on tool surfaces.},
  author       = {Olausson, Deborah and Högberg, Anders and Hughes, Richard},
  booktitle    = {The Exploitation of Raw Materials in Prehistory : Sourcing, Processing and Distribution},
  editor       = {Pereira, Telmo and Terradas, Xavier and Bicho, Nuno Ferreira},
  isbn         = {978-1-4438-9597-2},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {09},
  pages        = {98--112},
  publisher    = {Cambridge Scholars Publishing},
  title        = {The Use of Non-Destructive Energy Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence (EDXRF) Analysis for Sourcing Flint in Northern Europe: Progress to Date and Prospects for the Future : Progress to Date and Prospects for the Future},
  url          = {https://lup.lub.lu.se/search/ws/files/61354225/The_Use_of_Non_destructive_Energy_dispersive_X_ray_Fluorescence.Chapter_8_.pdf},
  year         = {2017},
}