Reference : Study of the provenance of Belgian Merovingian garnets by PIXE at IPNAS cyclotron
Scientific journals : Article
Arts & humanities : Archaeology
Physical, chemical, mathematical & earth Sciences : Physics
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/1375
Study of the provenance of Belgian Merovingian garnets by PIXE at IPNAS cyclotron
English
Mathis, François mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > > Centre européen en archéométrie >]
Vrielynck, Olivier [Ministère de la Région Wallonne > Direction de l’Archéologie >]
Laclavetine, Kilian [Université de Liège - ULg > > Centre européen en archéométrie >]
Chene, Grégoire mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Département de physique > Physique nucléaire, atomique et spectroscopie >]
Strivay, David mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Département de physique > Physique nucléaire, atomique et spectroscopie >]
2008
Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research. Section B, Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms
266
10
2348-2352
Yes (verified by ORBi)
International
0168-583X
[en] PIXE ; Garnet ; Origin
[en] Recent archaeological excavation in Belgium reveals one of the biggest Merovingian necropolis ever found in this country. This necropolis contains 436 tombs with a period of occupation of almost two centuries. Some of these tombs were very rich, especially two of them, and delivered an important funerary furniture. About 60 jewels inlaid with red garnets have been found, most of them of "cloisonne" style (namely about 450 garnets). The new extracted beam set-up of the IPNAS cyclotron (University of Liege, Belgium) has been improved in order to analyse by PIXE these garnets and try to determine their provenance. These analyses reveal that the garnets found in the necropolis of Grez-Doiceau are very homogeneous in composition (almandine garnets) and are coming almost from a unique source. These results have been compared to previous studies led in France during these past five years. This permits to identify the source of almandine garnet situated in India and to highlight differences in garnet supply between France and Belgium in Merovingian times. (C) 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Centre Européen en Archéométrie - CEA
ULg, IAP, FNRS
Researchers
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/1375
10.1016/j.nimb.2008.03.055

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