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Strontium isotope analysis in ancient glass from South Asia using portable laser ablation sampling

Seman, S. ; Dussubieux, L. ; Cloquet, C. ; Pryce, T.O., Archaeometry

Strontium isotope analysis in ancient glass from South Asia using portable laser ablation sampling

Seman, S. ; Dussubieux, L. ; Cloquet, C. ; Pryce, T.O.

Archaeometry, 2020

Abstract :

In order to carry out strontium (Sr) isotope analysis, glass artefacts from South Asia were sampled with portable laser ablation (pLA), a relatively novel sampling technique that leaves damage invisible to the naked eye. Subsequently, thermal ionization mass spectrometry (TIMS) was used to obtain Sr isotope ratios after sample dissolution and separation. In this study, the goal was twofold : to determine whether the measurements of Sr isotope ratios were impacted by using a portable laser as a sample tool ; and to assess the pertinence of using Sr isotope ratios to provenance Indian glass. Despite a deterioration in the precision of the measurement of the Sr isotope ratios for artefacts sampled with pLA compared with the traditional sampling method, the Sr isotope ratios of certain Indian glass are so different that this does not affect their separation but a comparison of data sets obtained using standard methods and pLA might be challenging.

Voir en ligne : https://doi.org/10.1111/arcm.12618




publié jeudi 26 novembre 2020