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Evidence for artificial magnetite coating on Iberian armoury


Garcia, L and Criado jr, A and Criado, A and Chamon, J and Penco, F and Alonso, J and Arevalo, R and Martinez, J and Dietz, C, Evidence for artificial magnetite coating on Iberian armoury, Revista De Metalurgia, 47, (2) pp. 101-111. ISSN 0034-8570 (2011) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.3989/revmetalmadrid.0933


A metallographic study of two pre-roman Iberian arms, affected by a cremation process, revealed the presence of an outer magnetite layer, providing highly protective properties. This layer is extraordinarily tenacious and of very homogeneous thickness, indicating an intentional manufacturing process rather than an accidental formation during the severe heating/cooling cycles the artefact suffered. Up to date, the intentional production of these types of layers has been attributed to a welding process of three different metallic sheets, here an alternative model is proposed, allowing, as could be simulated in the laboratory, the virtually exclusive formation of a magnetite coating.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:protective coating, ancient steel
Research Division:Chemical Sciences
Research Group:Analytical chemistry
Research Field:Analytical chemistry not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology
UTAS Author:Dietz, C (Dr Christian Dietz)
ID Code:84861
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Central Science Laboratory
Deposited On:2013-06-04
Last Modified:2013-07-16
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