Dating fired-clay ceramics using long-term power law rehydroxylation kinetics

@article{Wilson2009DatingFC,
  title={Dating fired-clay ceramics using long-term power law rehydroxylation kinetics},
  author={Moira Wilson and Margaret A. Carter and Christopher Hall and William D. Hoff and Ceren Ince and Shaun D. Savage and Bernard McKay and Ian M. Betts},
  journal={Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences},
  year={2009},
  volume={465},
  pages={2407 - 2415}
}
  • Moira Wilson, M. Carter, I. Betts
  • Published 8 August 2009
  • Materials Science
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
Fired-clay materials such as brick, tile and ceramic artefacts are found widely in archaeological deposits. The slow progressive chemical recombination of ceramics with environmental moisture (rehydroxylation) provides the basis for archaeological dating. Rehydroxylation rates are described by a (time)1/4 power law. A ceramic sample may be dated by first heating it to determine its lifetime water mass gain, and then exposing it to water vapour to measure its mass gain rate and hence its… 

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