The golden objects study processes in several phases:
- Barbara Armbruster, assisted by Marilou Nordez (post-doctoral researcher, CNRS Toulouse) or Sebastian Fürst (post-doctoral researcher, CEZ Archäometrie Mannheim), will examine the typological and a technological aspects by macroscopy and microscopy and the documentation will be completed by macro and micro photography (fig. 1).
- Maryse Blet-Lemarquand (research engineer, CNRS, IRAMAT Orléans) or Nicole Lockhoff (Research assistant; CEZ Archäometrie, Mannheim) will observe them with a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM; fig. 2) and carry out chemical analysis of the elementary composition, requiring laser micro-ablations, invisible to the naked eye.
- At the same time, all data about the objects (regarding the find spot, typo-chronological or technological aspects, analysis, pictures, drawings, etc.) are recorded in a database, shared between all members, but private during the project.
- All these data will be treated, analyzed and discussed by all members, in the order to generating knowledge about La Tène cultures, people and craft.
- A part of this work will be presented and/or published during the project (journal articles, conferences…).
- At the end of the CELTIC GOLD project, main results will be presented during a congress and compiled into a publication, and a part of the database will be available online.