SEM Analysis of Archaeological Pottery Samples from Karur, Tamilnadu, India
G. Natarajan1, K. Jeyalakshmi2, M. Thangaraj3
1Dr. G. Natarajan*, Department of Physics, PSNA College of Engineering and Technology, Dindigul, India.
2Dr. K. Jeyalaksmi, Department of Physics, PSNA College of Engineering and Technology, Dindigul, India.
3Dr. M. Thangaraj, Department of Physics, PSNA College of Engineering and Technology, Dindigul, India.
Manuscript received on October 12, 2019. | Revised Manuscript received on 22 October, 2019. | Manuscript published on November 10, 2019. | PP: 2060-2062 | Volume-9 Issue-1, November 2019. | Retrieval Number: L39161081219/2019©BEIESP | DOI: 10.35940/ijitee.L3916.119119
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Abstract: The aim of the present study is to find out the presence of minerals, raw materials used and the ceramic technology of the past in the selected pottery samples from the important archeological site Karur of Karur district, Tamil Nadu, India. Two Pottery samples of the period 250BC are collected from different depths of the excavated site are used for the present analysis. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) has been used for the analysis. Examination of pottery samples under SEM is an excellent micro analytical technique used for the study of clay mineral configuration, fabric, texture and growth mechanisms. The presence of quartz, feldspar, montmorillonite, kaolinite, mullite in the selected pottery samples has been identified. Firing the pottery samples in the reducing atmosphere technique is also brought out.
Keywords: SEM, Mullite, Feldspar, Kaolinite, Montmorillonite, Quartz.
Scope of the Article: Composite Materials