Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE (www.oxfordhandbooks.com). © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 08 December 2019

Abstract and Keywords

This chapter reviews the physics and engineering behind X-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectrometry. Explained are the two different types of XRF spectrometry, their similarities and differences, and their limitations. Sample preparation for each type of XRF spectrometry is discussed. Since both methods of XRF spectrometry produce quantitative data, a short discussion of data processing and multivariate statistical methods is presented. After reviewing some of the theoretical approaches towards material culture and chemical characterization, the utility of XRF spectrometry to provenance studies of ceramics is illustrated. Some case studies are briefly reviewed that illustrate the utility of the data obtained from XRF spectrometry, answering broader anthropological and archaeological questions.

Keywords: X-ray fluorescence, multivariate statistics, material culture, chemical characterization, ceramics

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.