Workflow for Neutron Activation Analysis of archaeological ceramics @ ATI

Analyzing ceramics by NAA

Today I received the news that my article [1] on my current workflow to analyze archaeological ceramics with Neutron Activation Analysis was put online. In this paper I describe the workflow I apply to archaeological ceramics from taking the samples in the first place, either on site or in the lab, all the way to the statistical analysis of the data that results from the measurements of the activated samples. I was also able to give limits of detection by measuring an empty glass vial.
Furthermore, I give refined numbers for the chemical composition of the quality control sample I use in every run.

All in all, I’m very proud of this one. And since the TU Wien in cooperation with the FWF has been kind enough to support an open access publication, the paper is available to you, so please enjoy!

[1] [doi] J. H. Sterba, “A workflow for Neutron Activation Analysis of archaeological ceramics at the Atominstitut in Vienna, Austria,” Journal of radioanalytical and nuclear chemistry, vol. 316, p. 753–759, 2018.
author = {Sterba, Johannes H.},
title = {A workflow for {N}eutron {A}ctivation {A}nalysis of archaeological ceramics at the {A}tominstitut in {V}ienna, {A}ustria},
journal = {Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry},
year = {2018},
volume = {316},
issue = {2},
month = mar,
pages = {753--759},
issn = {1588-2780},
doi = {10.1007/s10967-018-5803-7},
url = {},
abstract = {The main focus for neutron activation analysis (NAA) at the Atominstitut in Vienna has moved to the analysis of archaeological ceramics. The workflow for NAA has been adapted for this material and the elemental spectrum quantified has been expanded for compatibility with international databases. Statistical methods for the grouping of the archaeometric data have been implemented, following the methods applied by Mommsen et al. in Bonn (Archaeometry 30(1):47-57, 1988). Limits of detection specific for ceramics have been calculated and are at the ng/g level. High reproducibility as necessary for archaeometric analysis can be shown by comparative measurements of an internal quality control sample.},
file = {:Sterba2018.pdf:PDF},
refid = {Sterba2018},
spezifikation = {inhouse, refWerk, AA, archäa},

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