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The application of X-ray absorption spectroscopy in archaeological conservation: Example of an artefact from Henry VIII warship, the Mary Rose

Chadwick, Alan V., Berko, Aaron, Schofield, Eleanor J., Smith, Andrew D., Mosselmans, J. Fred W., Jones, A. Mark, Cibin, Giannantonio (2016) The application of X-ray absorption spectroscopy in archaeological conservation: Example of an artefact from Henry VIII warship, the Mary Rose. Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, 451 . pp. 49-55. ISSN 0022-3093. (doi:10.1016/j.jnoncrysol.2016.05.020) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

We report a microfocus X-ray absorption (XAS) investigation of a thin film sample from an iron contaminated wooden arrow tip raised from the seabed with the Mary Rose. The XAS studies were combined with optical and scanning electron microscopy measurements. The arrow tip had been treated with polyethylene glycol (PEG) soon after it had been raised and stored in a controlled environment. The measurements revealed a significant concentration of iron sulfide nanoparticles. This indicates that in this sample there was a reduction of the oxidative effects of the normal ambient atmosphere that is usually seen in untreated timbers. The film was treated overnight with an aqueous solution of diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid (DTPA), which is normally very effective in sequestering iron. This had little effect in terms of removing iron from the film and possible explanations are discussed.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.jnoncrysol.2016.05.020
Uncontrolled keywords: Mary Rose; Waterlogged wood; XAS. SEM; DTPA
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Physical Sciences
Depositing User: Matthias Werner
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2017 15:28 UTC
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2020 11:38 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/60109 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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