Elena Basso


She has been the geologist in charge of archaeometric analyses of ceramic sherds from the Kınık Höyük excavation since 2011. After the acquisition of the portable X-ray fluorescence spectrometer ELIO XGLab in 2015, she is also in charge for running the pXRF lab and analyzing all findings. Her research activity is addressed to reconstruct ancient production technologies and materials provenances, applying the analytical techniques used in Earth Sciences (i.e., optical microscopy, SEM-EDX, XRD, XRF, EPMA and Raman spectroscopy). The research interests of dr Basso can be summarized as follows:
• Archaeometric studies on glass and glazed ceramics (from Ellenistic to Renaissance time)
• Mineralogical, petrographic and geochemical studies of archaeological pottery, aiming to unravel ancient technology and to characterize raw materials
• Diagnostic analyses on Romanesque stuccoworks in Lombardia
• Archaeometric analyses of mortars and stones of historic buildings
• Analysis of Cobalt blue pigment in works of art, in order to trace the geological origin of the raw materials.