research data . Dataset . 2022

Medieval sugar pots from Sicily: chemical data

Mentesana, Roberta Bruna; Buxeda i Garrigós, Jaume; Madrid i Fernández, Marisol;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2022
  • Publisher: Repositori de Dades de Recerca
Chemical characterization was conducted by means of wavelength Dispersive X-ray fluorescence (WDXRF) analysis. The concentrations were quantified using an AxiosmAX-Advanced PANalytical spectrometer with a Rh excitation source calibrated by a suite of 56 international Geological Standards. Interferences were considered and the correction of matrix effects was done using PANanalytical Pro-Trace software for trace elements. The determined elements were: Na2O, MgO, Al2O3, SiO2, P2O5, K2O, CaO, TiO2, V, Cr, MnO, Fe2O3 (as total Fe), Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Ga, Rb, Sr, Y, Zr, Nb, Mo, Sn, Ba, Ce, W, Pb and Th. Minor and major elements are expressed as concentrations of oxides in percentage by mass (wt %). Trace elements are conveyed as concentrations of elements in μg g-1. Samples are prepared according to a procedure explained in Madrid i Fernández, Marisol, and Alejandro G. Sinner. "Analysing technical choices: improving the archaeological classification of Late Republican Black Gloss pottery in north-eastern Hispania consumption centres." Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 11, no. 7 (2019): 3155-3186.
This dataset includes the chemical data obtained by wavelength Dispersive X-ray fluorescence (WDXRF) analysis on sugar pots retrieved in Sicily from 11th-16th cent. AD contexts. These data were collected as part of the project “SPotEU: Sugar Pot manufacture in Western Europe in the medieval and post-medieval period (11th -16th centuries AD)”, funded under the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (grant agreement: 797242).
The dataset also includes a file with a description of the charactersitics of each sample
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free text keywords: Arts and Humanities, Sugar pots, Medieval, Sicily, Archaeology, Ceramics, Sugar, X-ray fluorescence (XRF), Compositional data, Medieval archaeology, Medieval pottery, Sicily (Italy), X-ray spectroscopy, Fluorescence
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Sugar Pot manufacture in western Europe in the medieval and post-medieval period (11th-16th centuries AD)
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 797242
  • Funding stream: H2020 | MSCA-IF-EF-CAR
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