How Non-Destructive is XRF: Testing Sample Preparation Techniques for Redware

Author(s): Cheryl Frankum

Year: 2016


Can XRF accurately detect the chemical composition of ceramics using non-destructive sample preparation techniques? This study looks at the reliability of the Innov-X Delta XRF unit in detecting the chemical composition of earthenware ceramics through three different sample preparation methods. While there are growing interests in using XRF analysis for various ceramic studies, this research question examines whether different testing strategies will produce different results. This experiment studies 16 pieces of redware collected from an 18th century site, Historic Hanna’s Town near Greensburg, Pennsylvania by first testing the clean surface of the artifact, then with a slightly abraded surface, and lastly, as pressed pellets. The results will be applied to a larger study of redware from the site with the goal of determining if the redware was locally produced.

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How Non-Destructive is XRF: Testing Sample Preparation Techniques for Redware. Cheryl Frankum. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 405097)

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