Publications in Scientific Journals:

G. Steinhauser, J.H. Sterba, E. Oren, M. Foster, M. Bichler:
"Provenancing of archaeological pumice finds from North Sinai";
Naturwissenschaften, 97 (2010), 403 - 410.

English abstract:
Seven pumice samples from excavations in North
Sinai have been investigated with respect to their geochemical
composition. This type of volcanic rock has been used as an
abrasive and thus has been an object of trade since antiquity.
With the help of Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis,
six of these Bronze Age samples could be correlated to their
volcanic sources on the islands of Santorini, Nisyros and Giali
(Greece) using the typical element concentrations ("chemical
fingerprint"). The source of one pumice sample remains
unidentified excluding, however, the Santorini eruption as a
possible source. The concluding section of this article
discusses the possible contribution, however indirect, of the
pumice from Sinai and elsewhere in the Eastern Mediterranean
to the controversial issue of the accurate date of the
"Minoan" eruption of Santorini.

Tephrochronology . Trade . Pumice . INAA .Chemical fingerprint

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