Future of nanoindentation in archaeometry.
Faisal, Nadimul Haque
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FAISAL, N.H., AHMED, R., GOEL, S. and CROSS, G. 2018. Future of nanoindentation in archaeometry. Journal of materials research [online], First View. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1557/jmr.2018.280
This review aims to consolidate a scattered literature on the use of a modern nanomechanical testing techniques in archaeometry materials research such as the process of mummification. It is concluded that nanoindentation tests can provide valuable data about mechanical properties which, in turn, relate to the evolution of ancient biomaterials as well as human history and production methods. As an emerging novel application of an existing technique, 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. These probe new insights into the field and will hopefully raise awareness for use of nanoindentation in world heritage sites.