Monte Carlo Simulation Aided Quantitative Laboratory X-ray Fluorescence Analysis and Its Application in Provenancing Studies for Geo-Archeological Samples

Brecht Laforce*, Géraldine Fiers, Hans Vandendriessche, Philippe Crombé, Veerle Cnudde, Laszlo Vincze

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Abstract

A laboratory-based X-ray fluorescence (XRF) methodology is presented for standardless quantified analysis based on a monochromatic X-ray spectrometer coupled to Monte Carlo aided quantification. This procedure will be valuable for many scientific fields (e.g. archaeology, geology, etc.) where the unique nature of the investigated samples calls for the application of non-destructive techniques. To illustrate the value of the methodology, a case study is presented where flint artefacts from the Scheldt basin are analyzed in an attempt to provenance them. So far, little geochemical research has been done in this area. Our results contribute to the creation of a database that will help assign lithic artefacts to specific geological outcrops and will aid further research in this field.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3898-3904
Number of pages7
JournalAnalytical Chemistry
Volume93
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Mar 2021

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