Chemical and isotopic fingerprinting of ancient porcelains and pottery (2004–2006)

This project aims to establish provenance of ancient porcelains and pottery of archaeological or antique collection significance using trace element and lead-strontium-neodymium (Pb-Sr-Nd) isotopic compositions which serve as fingerprints of porcelains and pottery of different places or ages. High quality multi-element and isotopic data will be obtained using facilities at ACQUIRE s state-of-the-arts geochemistry laboratory. The results will have significant implications for investigation of ancient cultures technology and trades artefact authentication and even forensic studies. Established database is potentially patentable for commercialization in the antiquity market.
Grant type:
ARC Discovery Projects
Funded by:
Australian Research Council