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CGS laboratories contribute to egyptological research

August 7, 2018

The laboratory of isotope geochemistry and geochronology of the Czech Geological Survey successfully contributed to Egyptological research. The study, which determined the origin of copper Egyptian artefacts from the 3rd millennium BC, provided the first evidence of transport of raw materials between Early Dynastic Egypt and Anatolia. In the Journal of Archaeological Science, the team headed by Jiří Kmošek focused on the ores used production of these items. Metalurgical, archaeological, and chemical analyses were done by researchers from Pardubice University, Charles University in Prague, and the the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. Yulia Kochergina of the CGS carried out lead isotope analyses on our MC-ICP-MS Neptune instrument. This project is a promising example of multi-disciplinary cooperation among our specialized laboratories.

Author: John Hora

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