KAUNAS CASTLE FROM ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE: THE CHEMICAL COMPOSITION OF IRON CONSTRUCTION ELEMENTS

Eglė Rimkienė

Abstract


The chemical composition of iron construction elements is not usually a topic of interest in Medieval archaeology. This article focuses attention on the chemical composition of iron elements such as nails. For compositional analysis, the XRF method was used. A comparison was made between XRF results and physical measurements. The aim of this article was to identify the amount of iron in metal elements that were possibly used in constructing castles, and to find a connection between the chemical composition of objects and their physical measurements.

Key words: Portable XRF, chemical composition, iron, metallurgy, Kaunas castle, Medieval period.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15181/ab.v26i0.2026


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