Laboratory for Artifact Analysis, and Academic Research Program in Archaeometallurgy
Program Director: Michael R. Notis
Micrograph of a white cast iron Ming Dynasty Statute
(located at the ROM). Metallurgical structure shows a fine dendritic network
of pearlite (dark) with cementite intergrowth (white). some iron sulphide
inclusions are also present (picture width = 50 µm).
We have full facilities for the preparation of metallographic specimens and examination by light optical microscopy, which includes quantitative image analysis. We also have access to a unique facility for surface analysis by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy [XPS], and the capability to perform X-ray diffraction, and Fourier Transform infrared spectrometry [FTIR].
The academic program at Lehigh seeks to apply the principles and methods of materials science to problems in archaeometallurgy and conservation. The program provides an overview of the role of materials in past societies, combined with the technical training for the use of modern materials research. Students learn to understand and interpret scientific data derived from the scientific investigation of these artifacts. Students are given the opportunity and encouraged to analyze materials which they have an expressed interest in, either by material type, geographical location, or specific chronological period.
Iron knife with bone handle from the Archaeological Philistine site of Miqne (Fabled city of Ekron)
Our program research interests include:
Unsigned Spanish European Astrolabe circa 1500 AD being studied by synchrotron X-radiation
Current and upcoming projects:
Sample diffraction pattern from synchrotron X-radiation illustrating
a rolled deformation history
Professor Michael R.Notis -- Director
Posters presented at the Archaeometry Symposium 2002 in Amsterdam April 22-26 ;
We are centrally located in the Lehigh Valley about 1-1/2 hours from New York City and 1 hour from Philadelphia.
For more information about our program please contact:
Prof. Michael R. Notis
The Archaeometallurgy Laboratory is funded by the Rubin-Ladd Foundation.
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This site was last updated on October 26, 2007