Compositional Analysis of Sherds

Using the techniques of X-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectroscopy and laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICPMS), available at the Getty Conservation Institute, the elemental composition of the different painted gloss components on selected sherds is being measured and correlations to artists, time period, or decoration component evaluated.

This work is directed by Marc Walton, co-principal investigator, with the help of postdoctoral and graduate researchers.

XRF images showing compositional changes
 

Last updated: November 2012