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supporting analysis > elemental and molecular analysis > proton induced X-rays (PIXE) and gamma rays (PIGME)

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proton induced X-rays (PIXE) and gamma rays (PIGME)  


  • Analysis of the elemental composition of obsidian and to a lesser extent of pottery and other substances, such as bone, metal, and glass. The sample is hit with with a high energy beam and measured first for X-rays emitted by protons and then for gamma rays generated.

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  • particle-induced gamma emission
  • Particle-induced X-ray emission


  • David, B., & Thomas, J. (Eds.). (2016). Handbook on Landscape Archaeology. London/New York: Routledge, p. 532.

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