Sardinian metallurgy produced samples of high artistic and historical value. In particular, ship models are rare and unmatched examples of the mastery reached by Sardinian metallurgists and their production process deserves an in-depth analysis of all the phases involved in the making. In this work, we examined a Sardinian boat model to obtain information about its composition, microstructure and manufacturing technique. The object is a small bronze ship model that was found near the Nuraghe Colovros, located in north-east Sardinia (Italy). It was analysed by means of neutron imaging and neutron diffraction experiments at the ISIS Pulsed Neutron and Muon Source laboratory (Harwell, UK). Neutron techniques are relatively new in the field of archaeometry, but they are a very effective tool for the study of archaeological objects: they permit to survey complete artefacts, determine compositions and structures, assess the conservation status and address questions of effective use and casting techniques. This type of data can add new and different insights to existing archaeological information, especially where sampling is not permitted. The outcome of the study reveals a peculiar approach to the manufacturing of the boat model.

Depalmas, A., Cataldo, M., Grazzi, F., Scherillo, A., Fedrigo, A., Kockelmann, W., et al. (2021). Neutron-based techniques for archaeometry: characterization of a Sardinian boat model. ARCHAEOLOGICAL AND ANTHROPOLOGICAL SCIENCES, 13(6) [10.1007/s12520-021-01345-w].

Neutron-based techniques for archaeometry: characterization of a Sardinian boat model

Cataldo M.
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2021

Abstract

Sardinian metallurgy produced samples of high artistic and historical value. In particular, ship models are rare and unmatched examples of the mastery reached by Sardinian metallurgists and their production process deserves an in-depth analysis of all the phases involved in the making. In this work, we examined a Sardinian boat model to obtain information about its composition, microstructure and manufacturing technique. The object is a small bronze ship model that was found near the Nuraghe Colovros, located in north-east Sardinia (Italy). It was analysed by means of neutron imaging and neutron diffraction experiments at the ISIS Pulsed Neutron and Muon Source laboratory (Harwell, UK). Neutron techniques are relatively new in the field of archaeometry, but they are a very effective tool for the study of archaeological objects: they permit to survey complete artefacts, determine compositions and structures, assess the conservation status and address questions of effective use and casting techniques. This type of data can add new and different insights to existing archaeological information, especially where sampling is not permitted. The outcome of the study reveals a peculiar approach to the manufacturing of the boat model.
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Boat model; Neutron diffraction; Neutron imaging; Non-destructive analysis; Sardinian bronze casting;
English
Depalmas, A., Cataldo, M., Grazzi, F., Scherillo, A., Fedrigo, A., Kockelmann, W., et al. (2021). Neutron-based techniques for archaeometry: characterization of a Sardinian boat model. ARCHAEOLOGICAL AND ANTHROPOLOGICAL SCIENCES, 13(6) [10.1007/s12520-021-01345-w].
Depalmas, A; Cataldo, M; Grazzi, F; Scherillo, A; Fedrigo, A; Kockelmann, W; di Gennaro, F; Canu, A; Brunetti, A
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