Errata slip inserted.
Includes bibliographical references.
"Over the last decade the technique of X-ray fluorescence has evolved from dependence on laboratory-based standalone units to field use of portable and lightweight handheld devices. These portable instruments have given researchers in art conservation and archaeology the opportunity to study a broad range of materials with greater accessibility and flexibility than ever before. In addition, the low relative cost of handheld XRF has led many museums, academic institutions, and cultural centres to invest in the devices for routine materials analysis purposes. Although these instruments often greatly simplify data collection, proper selection of analysis conditions and interpretation of the data still require an understanding of the principles of x-ray spectroscopy. These instruments are often marketed and used as 'point and shoot' solutions; however, their inexpert use can easily generate deceptive or erroneous results"--P.  of cover.
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Introduction / Aaron N. Shugar and Jennifer L. Mass --
Handheld X-ray fluorescence analysis of Renaissance bronzes: practical approaches to quantification and acquisition / Dylan Smith --
Application of a handheld XRF spectrometer in research and identification of photographs / Dusan C. Stulik and Art Kaplan --
Handheld XRF for the examination of paintings: proper use and limitations / Chris McGlinchey --
XRF analysis of manuscript illuminations / K. Trentelman, C. Schmidt Patterson and N. Turner --
XRF analysis of historical paper in open books / Tim Barrett, Robert Shannon, Jennifer Wade and Joseph Lang --
Quantitative non-destructive analysis of historic silver alloys: X-ray fluorescence approaches and challenges / Jennifer Mass and Catherine Matsen --
The analysis of porcelain using handheld and portable X-ray fluorescence spectrometers / Anikó Bezur and Francesca Casadio --
Handheld XRF use in the identification of heavy metal pesticides in ethnographic collections / Aaron N. Shugar and P. Jane Sirois --
Using handheld XRF to aid in phasing, locus comparisons, and material homogeneity assessment at an archaeological excavation / Mary Kate Donais and David George --
Handheld XRF elemental analysis of archaeological sediments: some examples from Mesoamerica / Hector Neff, Barbara Voorhies and Federico Paredes Umaña --
X-ray fluorescence of obsidian: approaches to calibration and the analysis of small samples / Jeffrey R. Ferguson --
Handheld XRF analysis of Maya ceramics: a pilot study presenting issues related to quantification and calibration / Jim J. Aimers, Dori J. Farthing and Aaron N. Shugar --
Glass analysis utilizing handheld X-ray fluorescence / Bruce Kaiser and Aaron Shugar.