Chemical analysis (pXRF) of iron age jewellery

Amélie carried out the chemical analysis of an important assemblage of iron age jewellery excavated in a necropolis in eastern France. 208 artefacts have been analysed with pXRF to characterize their composition, compare them and eventually distinguish groups within the different types of jewellery and between different types or burials. The analysis revealed that despite […]

Large scale geochemical mapping in the Seine valley

Amélie just finished the geochemical mapping by pXRF of a neolithic and bronze/iron age settlement in the Seine valley. We analysed the elementary composition of the archaeological surface of a large neolithic building, investigating its spatial organisation. The survey extended beyond the limits of the building to cover over 5000 m2, including a part of […]

Join our session at the EAA in Barcelona !

In 2018, Sabrina Save is organising a session during the 24th annual meeting of the EAA (European Association of Archaeologists) in Barcelona from the 5th to the 8th of September 2018 ( This session is titled ‘OUTCAST ARCHITECTURE: UNUSUAL BUILDINGS AND UNUSUAL BUILDING’. The abstract of the session is available following the link below. The call for papers opens the 15th of December 2017: do not […]

Animal droppings

  Two small and friable spheres suspected to be animal droppings recovered from a Neolithic building were investigated through Scanning Electron Microscopy-Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy (SEM-EDS) to better understand their composition. The analysis of the samples supports the suggestion that they are pieces of herbivore dung. Further analyses are recommended to confirm the identification of […]