Methodology

The golden objects study processes in several phases:

Fig. 1 – Macroscopic picture of one end of the torc from Montans (Tarn, France)  – cliché B. Armbruster

  1. 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).

  2. 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.

    Fig. 2 – SEM view of one end of the torc from Montans (Tarn) – Picture by M. Blet-Lemarquand


  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. A part of this work will be presented and/or published during the project (journal articles, conferences…).

  6. 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.