Research Images As Art 2012/13 Gallery

Cuprite crystals in crucible slag

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Mr Frederik Rademakers, Institute of Archaeology

As part of my PhD research, I am investigating the ancient crucible technology from Pi-Ramesse, the New Kingdom (13th century BC) capital of Ramses II in Egypt. These three images were taken using a Scanning Electron Microscope and show cuprite crystals that have formed in pores within the crucible slag. Most likely, they formed as corrosion products after the crucibles were discarded and buried.

Though these crystals are not crucial to understanding the actual technology, their aesthetic appeal made me interrupt my analysis and take a few images.


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