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Archaeometry international workshop: XRF and Raman applied in archaeology

The archaeometry international workshop was held at the Laboratorio de Analisis e Investigaciones Arqueometricas (Laboratory for Analysis and Archaeometric Research) in Chile, 14-16 April 2014. The conference presented research on the physical-chemical study and analysis of archaeological and heritage materials using the least invasive techniques and destructive potential, so as to contribute to the preservation and conservation of the studied objects. The conference also aimed to increase the development of interdisciplinary research in archaeology where chemistry, physics, geology, biology and conservation converge.

All presenters were invited to contribute full papers based on the work being presented for publication in this themed series. 

Editor: Dr Marcela Sepulveda


  1. Research article

    Characterization of pre-Columbian artefacts in situ through handheld portable X-ray fluorescence spectrometry: the case of ceramics from the Mochica site of San José de Moro (Peru)

    The famous archaeological site of San José de Moro (SJM) located in the Jequetepeque Valley (JV) represents one of the best-preserved pre-Columbian Mochica cemeteries uncovered along the north coast of Peru. S...

    Nino Del-Solar-Velarde, Stan Kinis, Rémy Chapoulie, Renaud Joannes-Boyau and Luis Jaime Castillo

    Heritage Science 2016 4:37

    Published on: 17 November 2016

  2. Research article

    Micro-Raman spectral identification of manganese oxides black pigments in an archaeological context in Northern Chile

    The micro-Raman spectroscopy was used to identify manganese oxides, pyrolusite, manganite and cryptomelane in archaeological sites in northern Atacama Desert, Chile. The present micro-Raman data allow us to co...

    Marcela Sepúlveda, Sebastián Gutiérrez, Marcelo Campos Vallette, Vivien G. Standen, Bernardo T. Arriaza and José J. Cárcamo-Vega

    Heritage Science 2015 3:32

    Published on: 30 September 2015

  3. Research article

    Towards high resolution ceramic series for production site studies: the case of Loron amphorae (Croatia, 1st–3rd c. A.D.)

    From the 1st to the 3rd centuries A.D., the territory of Istria (present-day Croatia) was a prominent area of olive oil production. Archaeologists have identified the so-called Dressel 6B amphora as the main c...

    Pierre Machut, Ayed Ben Amara, Nadia Cantin, Rémy Chapoulie, Nicolas Frèrebeau, François-Xavier Le Bourdonnec, Yolande Marion and Francis Tassaux

    Heritage Science 2015 3:21

    Published on: 3 July 2015

  4. Research article

    Non-destructive in situ spectroscopic analysis of greenstone objects from royal burial offerings of the Mayan site of Palenque, Mexico

    One of the most important Mayan cities of the Classic period (A.D. 200–900) of Mesoamerica is Palenque, in Chiapas. The Mayan civilization attributed great importance to greenstone minerals, in particular jade...

    Alma A. Delgado Robles, Jose Luis Ruvalcaba Sil, Pieterjan Claes, Mayra D. Manrique Ortega, Edgar Casanova González, Miguel Ángel Maynez Rojas, Martha Cuevas García and Sabrina García Castillo

    Heritage Science 2015 3:20

    Published on: 24 June 2015

  5. Research article

    Identification of carbon-based black pigments in four South American polychrome wooden sculptures by Raman microscopy

    Carbon-based pigments are a group of dark-colored materials, which are classified according to the starting material used and their manufacturing process. Raman spectroscopy is an ideal technique for the ident...

    Eugenia P Tomasini, Blanca Gómez, Emilia B Halac, María Reinoso, Emiliano J Di Liscia, Gabriela Siracusano and Marta S Maier

    Heritage Science 2015 3:19

    Published on: 16 June 2015

  6. Research article

    Vibrational spectroscopy for the study of Chilean cultural heritage

    Natural and synthetic colouring products along with its associated supporting materials have been studied in several expressions of the Chilean cultural heritage using vibrational spectroscopy. These expressio...

    Marcelo M Vallette Campos and Tomás Alvarado Aguayo

    Heritage Science 2015 3:18

    Published on: 3 June 2015