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Chaturvedula S.Sastri, Thierry Sauvage, Gilbert Blondiaux, Olivier Wendling, Aurélien Bellamy, Christian Humburg, 'Analysis of carbon in archaeological glass and pottery by low energy deuteron activation technique', J. Radioanal. Nucl. Chem. 329 889–897 (2021) doi:10.1007/s10967-021-07820-x

Carbon in archaeological glass and pottery is determined in a simple and elegant way by deuteron activation based on C-12(d,n)N-13 nuclear reaction. The method is rapid, non-destructive and carbon result is obtained along with Na, Mg, Al and Cl in a single irradiation. In the wood-fired Roman furnaces, carbon entered the glass melt probably through fumes and/or alkali plant-ash flux. Carbon is found in the range of 1300 to 4400 (µg/g) in glass. The theoretical detection limit of 5 µg/g is difficult to achieve because of higher carbon blank from the environment/atmosphere.