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Angew Chem Int Ed Engl. 2018 Jun 18;57(25):7375-7379. doi: 10.1002/anie.201713043. Epub 2018 Mar 26.

Egyptian Grave Goods of Kha and Merit Studied by Neutron and Gamma Techniques.

Author information

1
Museo Storico della Fisica e Centro Studi e Ricerche "Enrico Fermi", Italy.
2
STFC, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, ISIS Facility, UK.
3
UCL, Institute of Archaeology, UK.
4
Soprintendenza Archeologia, Belle Arti e Paesaggio per la Città Metropolitana di Torino, Italy.
5
Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, Dip. Fisica, Italy.
6
Museo Egizio di Torino, Italy.
7
Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata, Dip. Fisica and NAST Centre, Italy.
8
CNR-, Istituto per i Processi Chimico-Fisici (IPCF), Italy.

Abstract

Artifacts from the Egyptian grave goods of Kha and Merit preserved at the Museo Egizio in Turin were studied through a combination of non-destructive and non-invasive neutron and gamma techniques (namely neutron imaging, neutron diffraction and prompt gamma activation analysis). The results provide unprecedented morphological reconstructions of the inner parts of the two alabaster and metallic vases and their isotopic and phase composition, thereby extending our knowledge of the hitherto unknown content of the vases and their functions.

KEYWORDS:

archaeology; neutron diffraction; neutron tomography; prompt gamma activation analysis

PMID:
29508491
DOI:
10.1002/anie.201713043

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