University of Ioannina, Greece


ED-XRF Spectroscopy Unit





The X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy is a typical method used for the compositional characterization of ancient pottery, in studies of provenance and manufacture technology.

The ED-XRF Unit at UoI performs research in the field of archaeometry, focusing mainly on ancient ceramic artifacts recovered from hellenistic sites in the region of Epirus (NW Greece). 


List of publications/presentations

  • "A study of ancient pottery by means of X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy, multivariate statistics and

    mineralogical analysis",

  • Analytica Chimica Acta 573-574 (2006) 347-353.

  • "A compositional study of ancient pottery by means of X-ray fluorescence and multivariate analysis",

  • presented at the "4th International Conference on Instrumental Methods of Analysis", October 2005, Iraklion, Crete

  • "Characterization of red-slipped pottery from ancient Cassope - a preliminary compositional study",

  • presented at the "5th Symposium of the Hellenic Society for Archaeometry", October 2008, Athens, Greece

  • "Elemental analysis of ancient pottery: a tool for tracing provenance and probing manufacture  practices",

  • presented at the National Seminar on "The use of nuclear analytical techniques in the conservation of cultural heritage objects", October 2008, Athens, Greece

  • "An X-ray microanalytical study of red gloss fine ware produced in ancient Cassope",

  • presented at "TECHNART09: Non-destructive and Microanalytical Techniques in Art and Cultural Heritage", April 2009, Athens, Greece

  • "On the provenance and manufacture of red-slipped fine ware from ancient Cassope (NW Greece):

    evidence by X-ray analytical methods",

  • Journal of Archaeological Science 37 (2010) 2146-2154.   





    The ED-XRF technique, being multi-elemental, with adequate detection limits and minimum requirements for sample preparation, is a method of choice for the determination of heavy and toxic elements in environmental samples (soil, sediments, natural water, plants and zoological samples).


    During the last years, the ED-XRF Unit has supported research projects in the field of environmental monitoring. 


    List of publications/presentations

  • "Web-based virtual observatory of Acheron and Kalamas and Torre Guaceto" ,

  • "Spatial and seasonal trends of natural radioactivity and heavy metals in river water of Epirus, Macedonia and Thessalia",  

  • Karamanis D., Stamoulis K., Ioannides K., Patiris D. Desalination 224 (2008) 250-260.

  • "Environmental assessment of natural radionuclides and heavy metals in waters discharged from a

    lignite-fired power plant",  

  • Karamanis D., Ioannides K., Stamoulis K. Fuel 88 (2009) 2046-2052.


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