Dating study of two rock crystal carvings by surface microtopography and by ion beam analyses of hydrogen

  title={Dating study of two rock crystal carvings by surface microtopography and by ion beam analyses of hydrogen},
  author={Thomas Calligaro and Yvan Coquinot and Ina Reiche and Jacques Castaing and Joseph Salomon and Guillaume Ferrand and Yves Le Fur},
  journal={Applied Physics A},
Two artefacts made of rock crystal (quartz) from the collection of the Musée duquai Branly in Paris, France, a skull approximately half of the size of a real cranium and a smaller anthropomorphic head, purportedly attributed to pre-Columbian Mesoamerican cultures, were studied to assess their authenticity. The surface of the artefacts were examined by means of optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and were analyzed nondestructively by ERDA (Elastic Recoil Detection Analysis… 

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  • 2021

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