The Significance of Applied Mineralogy in Archaeometry

A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X). This special issue belongs to the section "Mineral Geochemistry and Geochronology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2024 | Viewed by 430

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Earth Science Department, University of Pisa, Pisa, Toscana, Italy
Interests: ore geology; mineralogy; archaeometry; elemental mapping; micro-LIBS; LIBS; geopolymers

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Department of Earth Sciences, Università of Pisa, Via Santa Maria 53, 56126 Pisa, Italy
Interests: applied petrography; urban geology; environmental mineralogy; geomaterials; clays and clay minerals; cultural heritage
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In this Special Issue, we would like to focus attention on applied mineralogy in archaeometry and its many nuances.

Applied mineralogy is a discipline that characterizes and analyzes minerals, rocks, and other geological materials. In the field of archaeometry, it is crucial for gaining insight into the history and origin of ancient artifacts and materials.

Archaeologists use mineralogical analysis to determine the raw materials used in artifact creation and to understand the geological processes involved. Techniques such as X-ray diffraction and X-ray fluorescence are used to identify crystal structures and chemical composition. Additionally, radiometric dating, which measures the radioactive decay of certain minerals, provides information on the age of artifacts such as ceramics, glass, and stone tools.

Applied mineralogy also helps to trace the movement and origin of ancient materials and artifacts, aiding in the understanding of trade networks and cultural interactions.

In conclusion, applied mineralogy plays a vital role in archaeometry, offering valuable information about the materials, processes, and history of ancient artifacts. It helps to reconstruct historical events and cultural interactions, contributing to a better understanding of the past.

Dr. Stefano Pagnotta
Prof. Dr. Marco Lezzerini
Guest Editors

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  • portable and non-destructive techniques
  • new methods in applied mineralogy for archaeometry
  • ancient building materials
  • ancient provenance
  • raw material and manufacts circulation
  • metal smelting and melting
  • archeomineralogy
  • archeometallurgy

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