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Future of nanoindentation in archaeometry.

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


Rehan Ahmed

Saurav Goel

Graham Cross


This review aims to consolidate scarce literature on the use of modern nanomechanical testing technique like instrumented nanoindentation in the field of archaeometry materials research. The review showcase on how can the nanoindentation tests provide valuable data about mechanical properties which, in turn, relate to the evolution of ancient biomaterials as well as human history and production methods. This is particularly useful when the testing is limited by confined volumes and small material samples (since the contact size is in the order of few microns). As an emerging novel application, 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. It is expected that these insights will raise awareness for use of nanoindentation at various world heritage sites as well as various museums.


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:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 25, 2018
Online Publication Date Aug 20, 2018
Publication Date Sep 14, 2018
Deposit Date Jul 26, 2018
Publicly Available Date Feb 21, 2019
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
Keywords Nanoindentation; Micromechanics; Archaeometry; Structure property relationships
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