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Journal of Archaeology
Volume 2014, Article ID 312981, 7 pages
Research Article

Analysis of the Quintilii’s Villa Bronzes by Spectroscopy Techniques

1Physics Department, University of Calabria, Rende, 87036 Cosenza, Italy
2DiBEST, University of Calabria, Rende, 87036 Cosenza, Italy
3Archaeological Site of Villa dei Quintili, 00178 Rome, Italy

Received 27 June 2013; Revised 12 January 2014; Accepted 14 January 2014; Published 26 February 2014

Academic Editor: Ravi Korisettar

Copyright © 2014 Fabio Stranges et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The aim of this work is the characterization, with different diagnostic tests, of three fragments of bronze artefacts recovered from the Villa of the Quintilii (located in the south of Rome). In particular, the sample alloys were investigated by different chemical and morphological analysis. Firstly, an analysis of the alloy, implemented through the electronic spectroscopy, was taken to discriminate the bronze morphology and its elemental composition. Subsequently, a surface analysis was realized by molecular spectroscopy to identify the alteration patinas on surfaces (such as bronze disease). Two diagnostic techniques are used for the alloy analysis: scanning electron microscopy (SEM) connected to the EDX spectroscopy (to study the morphology and alloy composition) and Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) (to identify the oxidation state of each element). Moreover, for the study of surface patinas, IR and Raman spectroscopies were implemented. All studies were performed on the “as received” samples, covered by a thin layer of excavated soil and on samples processed in an aqueous solution of sulphuric acid (10%), to remove patinas and alterations.