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Assessing XRF for the geochemical characterization of radiolarian chert artifacts from northeastern North America

Gauthier, Gilles; Burke, Adrian L; Leclerc, Mathieu


The purpose of this paper is to emphasize the benefits of adopting non-destructive energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence (ED-XRF) as a first-order technique to determine chert whole-rock geochemistry for archaeological sourcing. Chemical signatures for the Touladi and La Martre prehistoric quarries from the lower St. Lawrence and Gaspé Peninsula region of Quebec, Canada, are determined and serve as references to test the provenance of regional chert artifacts. Chert experimental flakes, created...[Show more]

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Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Archaeological Science
DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2012.02.019


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