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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

Olausson, Deborah LU ; Högberg, Anders and Hughes, Richard (2017) Raw Materials Exploitation in Prehistory In The Exploitation of Raw Materials in Prehistory p.98-112
Abstract
The article summarizes the results of work since 2010 to develop non-destructive energy dispersive X-ray fluorescenceanalysis (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... (More)
The article summarizes the results of work since 2010 to develop non-destructive energy dispersive X-ray fluorescenceanalysis (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, lint, provenience analysis, geochemistry
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The Exploitation of Raw Materials in Prehistory
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Pereira, Telmo; Terradas, Xavier; Bicho, Nuno Ferreira; ; and
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15 pages
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Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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Raw Materials Exploitation in Prehistory
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978-1-4438-9597-2
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  abstract     = {The article summarizes the results of work since 2010 to develop non-destructive energy dispersive X-ray fluorescenceanalysis (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},
  editor       = {Pereira, Telmo and Terradas, Xavier and Bicho, Nuno Ferreira},
  isbn         = {978-1-4438-9597-2},
  keyword      = {Non-destructive energy dispersive X-ray analysis,lint,provenience analysis,geochemistry},
  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},
  year         = {2017},
}