Recent technological advances have resulted in an abundance of instruments used in the sourcing of low-fired earthenware. However, many of these techniques are expensive, time consuming and result in the sample being damaged or destroyed. As the technology has improved, non-destructive instruments, such as portable X-ray Fluorescence devices (pXRF) have become more accurate and reliable. With advances in the field of remote sensing, handheld hyperspectral imaging devices also have the potential to be a viable nondestructive alternative to other analytical devices in ceramic sourcing. This study uses a Visual Near Infrared Reflectance (VNIR) device and a Fourier-Transform Infrared (FTIR) device to analyze 100 samples from Mississippi Period sites in western Kentucky. The data generated from the VNIR and FTIR were compared to data derived from a pXRF instrument to assess the utility of using hyperspectral imaging techniques for ceramic sourcing. The resulting VNIR and FTIR data showcased the ability to identify unique materials that can assist with ceramic analysis. However, further research will be necessary to identify the full impact various surface imperfections of samples has on the devices.
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Handheld Hyperspectral, VNIR, FTIR, pXRF, Archaeological Ceramics
Anthony L Ortmann
Marcie L Venter
Ryan M Parish
Elliott, Zachariah J., "COMPARISON OF HYPERSPECTRAL IMAGING AND PORTABLE X-RAY FLUORESCENCE IN CERAMIC ANALYSIS AND SOURCING" (2020). Murray State Theses and Dissertations. 180.