Artefact biography 2.0: the information value of corroded archaeological bronzes

Janneke Nienhuis

    Research output: ThesisDissertation (TU Delft)

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    The different phases in the life of archaeological objects can be described by artefact biography. This dissertation defines an updated version: artefact biography 2.0, and the life phases of Early Iron Age bronze studs from Oss-Zevenbergen, the Netherlands, are elaborated. Throughout the thesis, the research revolves around information value.

    The bronzes have been studied from an interdisciplinary point of view, which has allowed the extraction of information that is also applicable to other corroded bronzes in general. It is argued that:
    - corrosion products and inclusions may reflect original microstructure

    - corrosion inhibitor BTAH binds to Sn and SnO2
    - technical investigations before conservation increase the information value of an artefact.
    Original languageEnglish
    QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
    Awarding Institution
    • Delft University of Technology
    • Sietsma, J., Supervisor
    • Dik, J., Supervisor
    • Joosten, Ineke, Advisor, External person
    Award date3 Jul 2017
    Publication statusPublished - 2017


    • bronze
    • corrosion
    • archaeology
    • conservation
    • biography
    • materials science
    • microstructure
    • BTAH
    • Oss-Zevenbergen
    • Early Iron Age


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