Raman identification of cuneiform tablet pigments: emphasis and colour technology in ancient Mesopotamia


Cuneiform tablets tell the life and culture of Sumerian people in a sort of black and white tale because of the binary engraving technique. In this application note, non-destructive micro-Raman spectroscopy was utilized to analyze both the surface and the depth of the engraving signs and to determine if and to what purpose colors were applied in the studied Sumerian cuneiform tablets.

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