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

Anna Raudino / Robert H. Tykot / Andrea Vianello
Published Online: 2017-09-13 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opar-2017-0015


This paper discusses the use of non-destructive portable X-ray fluorescence (pXRF) to distinguish sources of variation in 8th Century BC Greek and Sicilian ceramics. The project comprises an element of my PhD study through La Trobe University, concerning Hellenic colonies established from the eighth century BC in the south of Italy, and on Sicily in particular. This specific case study looks at the relationships established between the indigenous site of Monte Finocchito and the Greek settlement of Heloros, both located in south-eastern Sicily. The results demonstrate the usefulness of the pXRF technique for detecting material variations which are not readily apparent using traditional visual analysis during fieldwork.

Keywords: Archaeology Science; Mediterranean Archaeology; Archaeometry; pXRF; Museum Studies; Archaeology of Colonialism


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Received: 2017-04-03

Accepted: 2017-07-09

Published Online: 2017-09-13

Published in Print: 2017-09-26

Citation Information: Open Archaeology, Volume 3, Issue 1, Pages 247–254, ISSN (Online) 2300-6560, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opar-2017-0015.

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