Non-destructive investigation of the Kyathos (6th-4th centuries BCE) from the necropolis Volna 1 on the Taman Peninsula by neutron resonance capture and X-ray fluorescence analysis
The method of Neutron Resonance Capture Analysis (NRCA) is currently being developed at the Frank Laboratory of Neutron Physics. The Analysis determines the elemental and isotope compositions of objects non-destructively, which makes it suitable measurement tools for artefacts without sampling. NRCA is based on the registration of neutron resonances in radiative capture and the measurement of the yield of reaction products in these resonances.
The potential of NRCA at the Intense Resonance Neutron Source facility is demonstrated on the investigation of a Kyathos (6th-4th centuries BCE) from the necropolis Volna 1 on the Taman Peninsula. In addition, X-ray analysis was applied to the same archeological object. The element composition determined by NRCA and XRF data is in agreement.
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