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Future of nanoindentation in archaeometry

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  20 August 2018

Nadimul Haque Faisal
School of Engineering, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen AB10 7GJ, U.K.
Rehan Ahmed
School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh EH14 4AS, U.K.
Saurav Goel
School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing, Cranfield University, Cranfield MK43 0AL, U.K.
Graham Cross
Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices (CRANN), Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland; Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research (AMBER), Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland; and School of Physics, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland
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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.

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