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DOI: 10.5593/SGEM2014/B11/S1.010

FLINT X-RAY FLUORESCENCE ANALYSIS FOR GEOARCHAEOLOGICAL APPLICATION

L. Zarina, J.Kostjukovs, V. Seglins, J. Burlakovs
Wednesday 1 October 2014 by Libadmin2014

References: 14th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference SGEM 2014, www.sgem.org, SGEM2014 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7105-07-0 / ISSN 1314-2704, June 19-25, 2014, Book 1, Vol. 1, 79-86 pp

ABSTRACT

Flint studies in geoarchaeology mainly are related to the Stone Age artifacts. Previous studies indicate the needs for sufficiently sensitive and non-destructive research methods and possibility to make relatively numerous measurements for data mathematical processing and subsequent interpretation. Considering these restrictions, an appropriate is X-ray spectrometric method (XRF). In the study flint samples from Northern Europe were analyzed. The certain procedure for sample surface area selection before chemical composition determination was carried out and the obtained chemical analysis data were mathematically analyzed. The study results demonstrate that flint XRF analysis can be usefully performed for samples from various locations found in different geological formations, as those have distinct trace elemental signatures. However, the methodology for use in geoarchaeological studies should be developed.

Keywords:flint chemical analysis, XRF spectrometry, flint trace elements, Stone Age tools

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