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The use of SEM-EDS, PIXE and EDXRF for obsidian provenance studies in the Near East: a case study from Neolithic Çatalhöyük (central Anatolia)

Abstract : In this paper we evaluate the relative analytical capabilities of SEM-EDS, PIXE and EDXRF for characterizing archaeologically significant Anatolian obsidians on the basis of their elemental compositions. The study involves 54 geological samples from various sources, together with an archaeological case study involving 100 artifacts from Neolithic Çatalhöyük (central Anatolia). With each technique the artifacts formed two compositional groups that correlated with the East Göllü Dag and Nenezi Dag sources. The non-destructive capabilities of these methods are emphasized (albeit with certain analytical limitations in the case of SEM-EDS), suggesting important new techniques for Near Eastern obsidian provenance studies.
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Gérard Poupeau, François-Xavier Le Bourdonnec, Tristan Carter, Stephan Dubernet, Sarah Delerue, et al.. The use of SEM-EDS, PIXE and EDXRF for obsidian provenance studies in the Near East: a case study from Neolithic Çatalhöyük (central Anatolia). Journal of Archaeological Science, Elsevier, 2010, 37 (11), pp.2705-2720. ⟨10.1016/j.jas.2010.06.007⟩. ⟨in2p3-00530262⟩

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