Non-destructive analysis of early glass unearthed in south China by external-beam PIXE

B. Zhang, Y. H. Li, Q. H. Li, B. Ma, F. X. Gan, Z. Q. Zhang, H. S. Cheng, F. J. Yang

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External-beam PIXE was used for the non-destructive analysis of early glasses unearthed from the tombs of Warring States (475-221BC) and Han Dynasty (BC206-AD220) in south China. It was found that these glasses were basically attributed to PbO-BaO-SiO 2 system and K 2O-SiO 2 system. The results from the cluster analysis showed that some glasses had exactly the same recipe. The source of the K 2O flux and the correlation between PbO and BaO are discussed. Some archeological information is revealed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)387-392
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos 50272071 and 10135050) and the Intellectual Innovation Project of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Grant No. KJCX-N04). B. Z. gratefully acknowledges the support from the ZhongLu-Bohr Fellowship.


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