A method for the elemental analysis of copper and bronze objects is described. Na, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, As, Ag, Sn, Sb, W, Ir and Au are determined through instrumental neutron activation analysis. Mg, Al, V, Ti and Mn are determined after chemical separation using anionic exhange. The detection limits for a number of other elements are also given. Results for NBS standard reference materials are presented and the results compared with the recommended values. The agreement is good. The results of the analysis of five ancient bronze and two copper objects are presented.
Hölttä, P., & Rosenberg, R. (1987). Determination of the elemental composition of copper and bronze objects by neutron activation analysis. Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry, 114(2), 403-408. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02039816