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Contribution of transmission electron microscopy (TEM) to understanding pre-columbian goldwork technology
Year:2017
Research Areas
  • Chemistry,
  • Inorganic chemistry,
  • Materials
Information
Abstract
This paper highlights the contribution of transmission electron microscopy (TEM) when combined with scanning electron microscopy and energy-dispersive X-ray microanalysis (SEM/XEDS) to characterize objects in archaeology. The application of TEM in archaeology is not yet a common tool, but it may provide data that are significant to understanding pre-Columbian gold metallurgy, specifically the gilding and silvering methods. Two gilded rods were studied using a combination of TEM and SEM/XEDS techniques. The objects were found at the Atacames archaeological site, in the Esmeraldas region, Ecuador, which was occupied between ad 750 and 1526 by the Atacames culture. The microchemical and structural results of the inner and the external gilded part of the artefacts support the hypothesis of a gold diffusion to the surface enhanced by chemical treatment with chloride-rich solutions, heating and successive annealing processes. The present study reveals that microstructural investigation by TEM provides useful information with which to investigate the techniques used to modify the chemical surface composition of pre-Columbian artefacts.
International
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JCR
Si
Title
Archaeometry
ISBN
0003-813X
Impact factor JCR
1,364
Impact info
Datos JCR del año 2015
Volume
60
10.1111/arcm.12309
Journal number
2
From page
342
To page
349
Month
SIN MES
Ranking
Participants
  • Autor: Carlos Gumiel Vindel (UPM)
Research Group, Departaments and Institutes related
  • Creador: Centro o Instituto I+D+i: Centro de Materiales y Dispositivos Avanzados para Tecnologías de Información y Comunicaciones
  • Departamento: Electrónica Física, Ingeniería Eléctrica y Física Aplicada
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