Archaeometric analysis of ancient pottery

Leading experts generally base their certification of ancient artefacts on stylistic analysis and on personal sensory perceptions.  However, greater objectivity is mandatory for identification and dating purposes. Different manufacturing technologies often result in products of very similar external appearance (from the visual and sensory points of view), but which differ completely in their micro/nanostructure. A lot of information about the production process remains written in the sample and non-destructive Raman analysis of the micro-structure (for ceramics) and nano-structure (for glasses and enamels) offers a way to retrieve the information, which assists in the identification and sometimes dating of ancient artifacts.

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