heavy mineral analysis

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A technique based on petrological methods for characterizing and tracing the origins of pottery or stone. By crushing samples and mixing them with a high‐viscosity fluid various particles will separate out, amongst them the so‐called heavy minerals, such as garnet, epidote, tourmaline, and zircon, which have a relatively high specific gravity. These are also the minerals that are most variable in their occurrence and which can sometimes be matched by suites from source areas. The technique was used very successfully to examine the production of Roman black burnished wares.

Subjects: Archaeology.

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