Nuclear Science and Techniques

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Nuclear Science and Techniques ›› 2001, Vol. 12 ›› Issue (2): 149

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Provenance studies of archaeological ceramics from Mar-Takla (Ain-Minin, Syria) using radioisotope X-ray fluorescence method

BAKRAJI Elias Hanna, OTHMAN I, KARAJOU J   

  1. Atomic Energy Commission, P.O. Box 6091, Damascus, Syria
BAKRAJI Elias Hanna, OTHMAN I, KARAJOU J. Provenance studies of archaeological ceramics from Mar-Takla (Ain-Minin, Syria) using radioisotope X-ray fluorescence method.Nuclear Science and Techniques, 2001, 12(2): 149

Abstract: The radioisotope X-ray fluorescence method was applied to studies of the provenance of the ceramics fragments originated from the Mat-Takla site in Syria. The samples were irradiated 1000s by a 109Cd radioisotope source and 13 elements (Ca, Ti, Mn, Fe, Zn, Ga, As, Rb, Sr, Y, Zr, Nb, and Pb) were determined in 35 samples. The data were subjected to two multivariate statistical methods, cluster and principal components analysis (PCA). It was shown from the combination of the statistical techniques and the determination of elemental composition of the samples that 94% of the ceramic samples analyzed can be considered to be manufactured using two sources of raw materials.

Key words: X-ray fluorescence, Ceramics fragment, Provenance, Multivariate analysis