Multi-collector and single-collector ICP – mass spectrometry for isotopic and trace element analysis of metallic artefacts for provenance determination.

01 October 2007 → 30 September 2011
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund, Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • Development of methods and techniques
  • Natural sciences
    • Instrumental methods
trace element determination isotopic analysis archaeometry ICP - mass spectrometry
Project description

Goal is to evaluate in how far precise isotope ratio determination using multi-collector ICP – mass spectrometry allows the provenance of metallic artefacts and other archeological findings to be revealed. Next to elements which have already proven their utility (Sr, Pb), also the capabilities of other elements (Cu, Zn and Sn), only displaying a very small natural variation in their isotopic composition, will be explored. Also determination of the trace element ‘fingerprint’ will aid in provenance determination. Due to the high value of the samples to be investigated quasi non-destructive approaches will be preferred.