Application of multivariate statistical methods to classify archaeological pottery from Tel-Alramad site, Syria, based on x-ray fluorescence analysis
Article first published online: 2 MAY 2006
Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Volume 35, Issue 3, pages 190–194, May/June 2006
How to Cite
Bakraji, E. H. (2006), Application of multivariate statistical methods to classify archaeological pottery from Tel-Alramad site, Syria, based on x-ray fluorescence analysis. X-Ray Spectrom., 35: 190–194. doi: 10.1002/xrs.893
- Issue published online: 4 MAY 2006
- Article first published online: 2 MAY 2006
- Manuscript Accepted: 8 MAR 2006
- Manuscript Revised: 6 FEB 2006
- Manuscript Received: 19 JUL 2005
- International Atomic Energy Agency. Grant Number: 302-F2-30-23-SYR-13060.
Radioisotope x-ray fluorescence (XRF) analysis has been utilized to determine the elemental composition of 55 archaeological pottery samples by the determination of 17 chemical elements. Fifty-four of them came from the Tel-Alramad site in Katana town, near Damascus city, Syria, and one sample came from Brazil. The XRF results have been processed using two multivariate statistical methods, cluster and factor analysis, in order to determine similarities and correlation between the selected samples based on their elemental composition. The methodology successfully separates the samples where four distinct chemical groups were identified. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.