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dc.contributor.authorCook, Jessica Wheat
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-04T03:19:12Z
dc.date.available2014-03-04T03:19:12Z
dc.date.issued2008-05
dc.identifier.othercook_jessica_w_200805_ms
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/cook_jessica_w_200805_ms
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/24585
dc.description.abstractThis study characterizes metallurgical wastes (slag) recovered from a bronze workshop during excavations in 1997-1998 at the Roman provincial city of Aventicum, located in western Switzerland, then Germania Superior. Previous research has identified the workshop as one devoted to the production of large leaded bronze statuary. The slag assemblage analyzed in this study is unusual due to the absence of ceramic crucible fragments normally associated with the production of copper alloys. Instead, this workshop is hypothesized to have used iron crucibles. Electron Microprobe Analysis (EMPA) and X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) were used to analyze the chemical composition of the slags in contrast to previous bulk analysis studies. Modern metal casting methods were observed for analogues. The data show that the slag reached temperatures between 1350°-1400° C and chemical components indicated the use of sand and lime fluxes. Evidence of high temperatures is proposed as one chemical fingerprint that can be used to re-assess slag for the presence of iron crucibles in other Roman bronze workshops.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subjectAventicum
dc.subjectClassical Bronzes
dc.subjectEMPA
dc.subjectXRD
dc.subjectRoman Metallurgy
dc.titleCharacterization of bronze casting in Insula 56, in Roman Aventicum
dc.typeThesis
dc.description.degreeMS
dc.description.departmentGeology
dc.description.majorGeology
dc.description.advisorErvan Garrison
dc.description.committeeErvan Garrison
dc.description.committeeDouglas Crowe
dc.description.committeeSamuel Swanson


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