This article is part of the special issue of the Journal of Raman Spectroscopy entitled “Raman in Art and Archaeology 2013” edited by Polonca Ropret and Juan Manuel Madariaga.
Raman spectroscopy as a non-destructive screening technique for studying white substances from archaeological and forensic burial contexts†
Version of Record online: 2 JUL 2014
Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Journal of Raman Spectroscopy
Special Issue: Raman in Art and Archaeology 2013
Volume 45, Issue 11-12, pages 1301–1308, November-December 2014
How to Cite
2014), Raman spectroscopy as a non-destructive screening technique for studying white substances from archaeological and forensic burial contexts, J. Raman Spectrosc., 45, 1301–1308, doi: 10.1002/jrs.4526, , , , and (
- Issue online: 26 DEC 2014
- Version of Record online: 2 JUL 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 23 MAY 2014
- Manuscript Revised: 28 APR 2014
- Manuscript Received: 23 DEC 2013
- Raman spectroscopy;
- calcium carbonate;
Raman spectroscopy was evaluated as a non-destructive analytical tool for the characterisation of white substances in burials. In addition, Fourier transform Raman spectroscopy was used to assess the conversion of hydrated lime into calcium carbonate. Fourteen samples of white substances from archaeological and forensic sites were analysed and characterised. The results show that not all white residues in burials are lime. Lime can easily be mistaken for other building materials (gypsum), for minerals (brushite) or degraded metal (cerussite). This study highlights the need for chemical analysis of white residues when encountered in burials. Analytical information derived from Raman spectra of white substances can further assist in the interpretation of the taphonomic processes of burials and their funerary context. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.