Archaeometrical Questions (Case Studies)

  • Stefanos Karampelas
  • Lore Kiefert
  • Danilo Bersani
  • Peter Vandenabeele
Part of the Short Introductions to Cultural Heritage Science book series (SICHS)


An answer to most archaeometrical questions can be obtained via the gem analysis presented in the previous chapters. The vast majority of published studies on items of archaeometrical interest are focused on gem identification. Usually the items are mounted, so the possible methods to use are restricted. Additionally, for security reasons most of these items cannot be tested outside of their host place, consequently only the instruments available there or mobile instruments can be used. It is sometimes interesting, as well as useful, to have some supporting documents on the studied items, such as inventory lists of museums with information on their origins, or invoices of previous sales.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefanos Karampelas
    • 1
  • Lore Kiefert
    • 2
  • Danilo Bersani
    • 3
  • Peter Vandenabeele
    • 4
  1. 1.Bahrain Institute for Pearls & Gemstones (DANAT)ManamaBahrain
  2. 2.Gubelin Gem LabLucerneSwitzerland
  3. 3.Department of Mathematical, Physical and Computer SciencesUniversity of ParmaParmaItaly
  4. 4.Department of ArchaeologyGhent UniversityGhentBelgium

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