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Open Archaeology: Topical Issue on Portable XRF in Archaeology and Museum Studies

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COORDINATING EDITORS

Davide Tanasi, University of South Florida, USA
Robert Tykot, University of South Florida, USA
Andrea Vianello, University of South Florida, USA

DESCRIPTION

The portable XRF has brought sophisticated scientific equipment to museums and excavations with broad enthusiasm and many expectations. It is truly the first laboratory machine to be widely adopted by the mainstream archaeological community, considered as the vehicle of a methodological revolution that only social theory had achieved previously. Yet, pXRF studies have been sparse, and adopting scientific methodologies has proved challenging in a discipline still divided between humanities and sciences. In particular, a common standard of practice is lacking. This issue will present different case studies to promote the use of this instrument in different fields of research, examining some limitations and pitfalls inherent to the technology. The scientific revolution initiated by pXRF hopefully will not end with it, and issues on the merging scientific methods and social theories will also be addressed.

CONTENT

Portable XRF on Prehistoric Bronze Artefacts: Limitations and Use for the Detection of Bronze Age Metal Workshops *
Heide Wrobel Nørgaard

Portable XRF: A Tool for the Study of Corundum Gems
Germana Barone, Paolo Mazzoleni, Danilo Bersani & Simona Raneri

Trace Elemental Characterization of Maltese Pottery from the Late Neolithic to Middle Bronze Age
Frederick S. Pirone & Robert H. Tykot

Provenance Study of Prehistoric Ceramics from Sicily: A Comparative Study between pXRF and XRF
Davide Tanasi, Robert H. Tykot, Frederick Pirone & Erin McKendry

Investigation by pXRF of Caltagirone Pottery Samples Produced in Laboratory
Anna M. Gueli, Antonio Delfino, Emanuele Nicastro, Stefania Pasquale, Giuseppe Politi, Antonella  Privitera, Sofia Spampinato & Giuseppe Stella

Monte Finocchito and Heloros Pottery Production: New Evidence through Technological Studies and Material Analysis **
Anna Raudino, Robert H. Tykot & Andrea Vianello

PXRF Determination of the Obsidian Industry from the S–F Area of Piani della Corona EBA Settlement (Bagnara Calabra–RC, South Italy)
Sara Marino, Elena Natali, Robert H. Tykot & Andrea Vianello

Obsidian Studies in the Prehistoric Central Mediterranean: After 50 Years, What Have We Learned and What Still Needs to Be Done?
Robert H. Tykot

Investigating Technological Changes in Copper-Based Metals Using Portable XRF Analysis. A Case Study in Sicily
Andrea Vianello & Robert H. Tykot


Erratum

*Erratum to: Portable XRF on Prehistoric Bronze Artefacts: Limitations and Use for the Detection of Bronze Age Metal Workshops

**Erratum to: Monte Finocchito and Heloros Pottery Production: New Evidence through Technological Studies and Material Analysis