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Spectroscopic Techniques Applied to the Study of Italian Painted Neolithic Potteries

Author(s): Lucia Angeli | Claudio Arias | Gabriele Cristoforetti | Cristina Fabbri | Stefano Legnaioli | Vincenzo Palleschi | Giovanna Radi | Azenio Salvetti | Elisabetta Tognoni

Journal: Laser Chemistry
ISSN 0278-6273

Volume: 2006;
Date: 2006;
Original page

In the field of cultural heritage, the study of the materials used by the artist is useful both for the knowledge of the artwork and for conservation and restoring interventions. In this communication, we present results of some decorations analysis obtained by the use of two complementary laser techniques: micro-LIBS and micro-Raman spectroscopy. With both techniques it is possible to operate in a practically nondestructive way on the artwork itself, without sampling or pretreatment. Micro-Raman spectroscopy gives information on the molecular structure of the pigments used, while micro-LIBS can give quantitative information about the elemental composition of the same materials. In this paper, qualitative results are reported obtained on the study of some Neolithic potteries coming from the archaeological site of Trasano (Matera); the fragments show decorations in different colors, red, black, and white. The aim of the study was detecting whether the colored decorations were made by using added pigments or came from the manufacturing process.
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