Special Issue "Mineralogy in Archaeometry and Cultural Heritage"

A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 October 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Luis Angel Ortega

Department of Mineralogy and Petrology, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of the Basque Country-UPV/EHU, Sarriena s/n, 48940 Leioa, Bizkaia, Spain
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Interests: historic mortars; roman and medieval pottery; petrography; mineralogy; geochemistry; isotope geochemistry; teeth and bone; diagenesis; residential mobility

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The chemical-mineralogical study of materials, tools, goods, and jewels used by humans from prehistory to the present is the scientific objective of an increasing number of researchers in the areas of mineralogy and geochemistry.

Mineralogical studies supported by geochemical and isotopic data are able to establish the geological and geographical origin of materials, and delimit the distribution areas and trade routes of many cultural goods, such as pottery and ceramics, weapons and metals, jewelry, glass and glazed objects, and pigments. Mineral associations as well as the interrelation of grains (i.e., textures) enable the determination of how ceramics or metals were made and the physicochemical conditions of their fabrication (e.g., firing temperature, reduction conditions, and amount and nature of additives)

In addition to studying ancient man-made materials in order to understand the technology and cultural transference of past societies, the preservation and restoration of built heritage is important in modern societies. In the preservation and restoration of historic buildings, it is essential to characterize the construction materials, determine their origin, and analyze in detail their alterations and the degree of affection of materials. In the same way, knowing the nature of the old mortars in historic buildings is necessary in restoration since it provides fundamental information for the design of new conservation mortars. Contributions presenting different mineralogical-chemical analytical approaches to the study of archaeological and historical materials are warmly welcomed.

Dr. Luis Angel Ortega
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Minerals is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • stone
  • mortar
  • pottery
  • tools
  • metal
  • glass
  • jewels
  • production technology

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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