Neutron activation analysis of archaeological artifacts using the conventional relative method: A realistic approach for analysis of large samples

Patricia S. Bedregal, Pablo A. Mendoza, Isaac M. Cohen, Oscar Baltuano, Eduardo H. Montoya

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Abstract

A new approach for analysis of entire potsherds of archaeological interest by INAA, using the conventional relative method, is described. The analytical method proposed involves, primarily, the preparation of replicates of the original archaeological pottery, with well known chemical composition (standard), destined to be irradiated simultaneously, in a well thermalized external neutron beam of the RP-10 reactor, with the original object (sample). The basic advantage of this proposal is to avoid the need of performing complicated effect corrections when dealing with large samples, due to neutron self shielding, neutron self-thermalization and gamma ray attenuation. In addition, and in contrast with the other methods, the main advantages are the possibility of evaluating the uncertainty of the results and, fundamentally, validating the overall methodology. © Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, Hungary 2011.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages37-42
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes
EventJournal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry -
Duration: 1 Jan 2012 → …

Conference

ConferenceJournal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Period1/01/12 → …

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    Bedregal, P. S., Mendoza, P. A., Cohen, I. M., Baltuano, O., & Montoya, E. H. (2012). Neutron activation analysis of archaeological artifacts using the conventional relative method: A realistic approach for analysis of large samples. 37-42. Paper presented at Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry, . https://doi.org/10.1007/s10967-011-1258-9