Neutron activation analysis of ancient Italian tile samples

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Fifteen tile samples from archaeological digs in central Italy were analyzed for trace element content using comparative neutron activation analysis. To accommodate the simultaneous irradiation of a large number of samples and standard reference materials, we designed a custom sample holder for the Penn State Breazeale Reactor 2″ × 6″ tube and characterized the thermal and epithermal neutron flux across all sample locations. Analysis of sample irradiation data produced concentration values for 14 elements. Statistical analyses of the data set using agglomerative hierarchical clustering indicated that the samples are from two distinct sites, which was confirmed by provenance information received after analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1529-1535
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Volume322
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2019

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Neutron Activation Analysis
Neutron activation analysis
Neutrons
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Tile
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Cluster Analysis
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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Pollution
  • Spectroscopy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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In: Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry, Vol. 322, No. 3, 01.12.2019, p. 1529-1535.

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