Gold and silver joining technologies in the moche tombs SeñOr de SipáN and SeñOra de Cao jewellery

Roberto Cesareo, Angel Bustamante, Régulo Franco Jordán, Arabel Fernandez, Soraia Azeredo, Ricardo T. Lopes, Walter Alva, Luis Chero, Antonio Brunetti, Giovanni E. Gigante, Stefano Ridolfi

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Abstract

© 2018 IMEKO. About 200 gold and silver funerary ornaments from the Moche tombs "Señor de Sipán" and "Señora de Cao" were analyzed to determine their metallurgic characteristics. Of particular interest was the question about the gold-silver joining process. To this aim, following methods were employed, all based on the use of X-rays:-energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence;-transmission of monoenergetic fluorescent X-rays;-radiography. At least three joining methods were possibly identified:-of gluing gold and silver sheets;-of brazing using a proper solder;-of using a mercury amalgam.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)3-7
Number of pages5
JournalActa IMEKO
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StatePublished - 1 Oct 2018

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    Cesareo, R., Bustamante, A., Jordán, R. F., Fernandez, A., Azeredo, S., Lopes, R. T., Alva, W., Chero, L., Brunetti, A., Gigante, G. E., & Ridolfi, S. (2018). Gold and silver joining technologies in the moche tombs SeñOr de SipáN and SeñOra de Cao jewellery. Acta IMEKO, 3-7. https://doi.org/10.21014/acta_imeko.v7i3.548