Tailored analytical strategies for the investigation of metallic artefacts from the Ayanis Fortress in Turkey

Angelını E., Batmaz A. , Cılıngıroglu A., Grassını S., Ingo G. M. , Rıccuccı C.

SURFACE AND INTERFACE ANALYSIS, cilt.42, ss.675-679, 2010 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 42
  • Basım Tarihi: 2010
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1002/sia.3258
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.675-679


A noteworthy number of metallic artefacts dating back to 673-645 BC have been found during excavations in the Ayanis Fortress, near the lake of Van. They are large bronze shields, quivers, helmets, arrows and plates, some of which are decorated with cuneiform inscriptions, and demonstrate a high-level quality of technological competence reached by the ancient craftsmen of Ayanis during the reign of King Rusa II. The artefacts have been studied from a microchemical, micromorphological and microstructural point of view by means of different techniques, from optical microscopy to scanning electron microscopy (SEM), to X-ray diffraction.