Scanning Electron Microscopy


The Laboratoire de Recherche des Musees de France has tested the applicability of the scanning electron microscope with X-ray analysis facilities in the study of ancient gold artifacts and particularly the joining processes. Three types of joining methods are known to have been used in Ancient Times : sintering, brazing with Au-Ag-Cu alloys and copper-salt binding. X-ray distribution maps of selected elements on very small areas show clearly the different processes used in the manufacture of Oriental and Iron-Age artifacts.

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