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Future of nanoindentation in archaeometry.

Faisal, Nadimul Haque; Ahmed, Rehan; Goel, Saurav; Cross, Graham


Nadimul Haque Faisal

Rehan Ahmed

Saurav Goel

Graham Cross


This review aims to consolidate a scattered literature on the use of a modern nanomechanical testing techniques in archaeometry materials research such as the process of mummification. It is concluded that nanoindentation tests can provide valuable data about mechanical properties which, in turn, relate to the evolution of ancient biomaterials as well as human history and production methods. As an emerging novel application of an existing technique, some special considerations are warranted for characterization of archaeometry materials. In this review, potential research areas relating to how nanoindentation is expected to benefit and help improve existing practices in archaeometry are identified. These probe new insights into the field and will hopefully raise awareness for use of nanoindentation in world heritage sites.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Sep 14, 2018
Journal Journal of materials research
Print ISSN 0884-2914
Electronic ISSN 2044-5326
Publisher Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 33
Issue 17
Pages 2515-2532
Institution Citation FAISAL, N.H., AHMED, R., GOEL, S. and CROSS, G. 2018. Future of nanoindentation in archaeometry. Journal of materials research [online], 33(17), pages 2515-2532. Available from:
Keywords Nanoindentation; Micromechanics; Archaeometry; Structure property relationships


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