Workflow for Neutron Activation Analysis of archaeological ceramics @ ATI

Analyzing ceramics by NAA

Today I received the news that my article ​(Sterba 2018)​ 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. Sterba, J. H. 2018. “A Workflow for Neutron Activation Analysis of Archaeological Ceramics at the Atominstitut in Vienna, Austria.” Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry.

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