Project

Application of Sm-Nd and Lu-Hf isotope systems in geological and archeometric research

Duration
01 January 2011 → 31 December 2014
Funding
Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Other chemical sciences
    • Geochemistry
    • Geology
    • Other biological sciences
Keywords
mantle and crustal magmas neodymium and hafnium isotopes Central african copperbelt aegean arc stratiform ore deposits bronze age pottery MC-ICPMS hellenistic-roman glass
 
Project description

Decay of radioactive isotopes causes variations in the isotope ratios of certain elements, like neodymium and falfnium. These can be determined by MC-ICPMS, and help to source and date materials, such as ore deposits in the Central African Copperbelt, magmas erupted in volcanic areassuch as the Aegean Arc and archaeological artefacts, such as hellenistic-roman glass and Bronze Age pottery.