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Laser Chemistry
Volume 2006, Article ID 61607, 7 pages
Research Article

Spectroscopic Techniques Applied to the Study of Italian Painted Neolithic Potteries

1Department of Archaelogical Science, University of Pisa, Pisa 56126, Italy
2Institute for Chemical and Physical Processes, National Research Council, Pisa 56124, Italy

Received 15 September 2006; Revised 6 November 2006; Accepted 6 November 2006

Academic Editor: Marta Castillejo

Copyright © 2006 Lucia Angeli 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.


In the field of cultural heritage, the study of the materials used by the artist is useful both for the knowledge of the artwork and for conservation and restoring interventions. In this communication, we present results of some decorations analysis obtained by the use of two complementary laser techniques: micro-LIBS and micro-Raman spectroscopy. With both techniques it is possible to operate in a practically nondestructive way on the artwork itself, without sampling or pretreatment. Micro-Raman spectroscopy gives information on the molecular structure of the pigments used, while micro-LIBS can give quantitative information about the elemental composition of the same materials. In this paper, qualitative results are reported obtained on the study of some Neolithic potteries coming from the archaeological site of Trasano (Matera); the fragments show decorations in different colors, red, black, and white. The aim of the study was detecting whether the colored decorations were made by using added pigments or came from the manufacturing process.