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Fields & Applications Spectroscopy

Ancient Amphora Analysis

Traditionally, the manufacturing processes and provenance behind ceramic materials is studied by interpreting the typology of an object. However, in many cases, this is simply not possible – often because only small fragments are available for analysis. Now, a group of researchers has developed a new, multi-analytical method for analysing less than 1g of ancient pottery shard samples (1). 

Some of the studied fragments. Image courtesy of Gianni Gallello.

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Lauren Robertson

By the time I finished my degree in Microbiology I had come to one conclusion – I did not want to work in a lab. Instead, I decided to move to the south of Spain to teach English. After two brilliant years, I realized that I missed science, and what I really enjoyed was communicating scientific ideas – whether that be to four-year-olds or mature professionals. On returning to England I landed a role in science writing and found it combined my passions perfectly. Now at Texere, I get to hone these skills every day by writing about the latest research in an exciting, creative way.

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