Welding brazing and soldering of gold and silver by the Moche tombs “Señor de Sipán” and “Señora de Cao”

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

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 languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIMEKO International Conference on Metrology for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage, MetroArchaeo 2017
PublisherInternational Measurement Confederation (IMEKO)
Pages240-243
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781510858183
StatePublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes
EventIMEKO International Conference on Metrology for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage, MetroArchaeo 2017 - Lecce, Italy
Duration: 23 Oct 201725 Oct 2017

Publication series

NameIMEKO International Conference on Metrology for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage, MetroArchaeo 2017

Conference

ConferenceIMEKO International Conference on Metrology for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage, MetroArchaeo 2017
CountryItaly
CityLecce
Period23/10/1725/10/17

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