Special Issue "Mineralogical Approaches to Archaeological and Cultural Heritage Materials"

A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X). This special issue belongs to the section "Crystallography and Physical Chemistry of Minerals & Nanominerals".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 26 April 2024 | Viewed by 91

Special Issue Editor

Department of Chemistry, University of Navarra, 31008 Navarra, Spain
Interests: cultural heritage; materials science
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In this Special Issue of Minerals, we would like to gather papers that show the potential of mineralogical studies (e.g., petrography, mineral geochemistry, X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy, spectroscopy) to approach the composition of a wide diversity of archaeological materials such as ceramics, metals, pigments, stone artifacts, and sediments. The main objective is to demonstrate that the mineralogical characterization of these artifacts is crucial to address aspects related to the origin of the raw materials used in their manufacture and the technological processes applied by craftspeople.

This Special Issue is wide open to all those researchers who want to delve into the role of mineralogical analyses in the characterization of materiality. Therefore, works that develop methodological approaches; compositional analysis of artifacts; studies of the physical properties provided by minerals; and, of course, studies focused on interpreting the social and symbolic roles that minerals play in both ancient and contemporary human societies will be welcome.

Prof. Dr. Adrián Durán Benito
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Minerals is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • archaeometry
  • ceramics
  • glazes
  • metals
  • sediments
  • stone
  • pigments
  • mineralogy
  • petrography
  • geochemistry

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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