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The Chemistry of Swords: Using Analytical Chemistry Techniques to Investigate Medieval Swords
Uppsala University, Music and Museums, Uppsala University Museum.
2015 (English)In: Arms & Armour, ISSN 1741-6124, E-ISSN 1749-6268, Vol. 12, no 1, 53-66 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A report is presented of a series of analytical chemical tests that were carried out as part of the Fyris Swords project on two inscribed swords found in central Uppsala, Sweden UMF/B 78, which has a short inscription with religious connotations inlaid in a yellowish metal presumed to be gold, and UMF/B 74, which has a long and complex inscription also with religious overtones, inlaid in a 'whitish' metal, believed to be silver. The touchstone method is described in detail and its potential as a micro-destructive analytical technique for archaeological samples is discussed. Nondestructive analysis by X-ray fluorescence spectrometry is also described.

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2015. Vol. 12, no 1, 53-66 p.
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Fyris swords project, metal analysis, touchstone method, XRF spectrometry, micro-destructive archaeological analysis
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History and Archaeology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-253085DOI: 10.1179/1741612415Z.00000000048ISI: 000352739600006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-253085DiVA: diva2:816024
Available from: 2015-06-02 Created: 2015-05-20 Last updated: 2015-06-02Bibliographically approved

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