ICP-MS is relatively new to archaeology and publications dealing with this topic are few and sometimes difficult to find. The references below are only a partial list of publications involving ICP-MS. We encourage you to a reference for listing here. Please use American Antiquity citation format, and if you are the author, we would appreciate a reprint or PDF copy of the article as well. Your help in keeping this page updated is appreciated.
Asterisks denote references that have an archaeological component.
Abu-Samra, A., J. S. Morris, S. R. Koirtyohann
1975 Wet ashing of Some Biological Samples in a Microwave Oven. Analytical Chemistry 47:1475–1477.
* Angelini, E., C. Atzeni, P. Bianco, F. Rosalbino, and P. F. Virdis
1993 Lead isotope analysis of Nuragic bronzes and copper ores by ICP-MS. In Applications of Plasma Source Mass Spectrometry II, edited by G. Holland and A. N. Eaton, pp. 165–174. Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge.
* Argyropoulos, V.
1995 A Characterization of the Compositional Variations of Roman Samain Pottery Manufactured at the Lezoux Production Centre. Archaeometry 37:271–285.
Aries, S., M. Montelica-Heino, R. Freydier, T. Grezes, and M. Polve
2001 Direct Determination of Lead Isotope Ratios by Laser Ablation-Inductively Coupled Plasma-Quadrupole Mass Spectrometry in Lake Sediments. Geostandards Newsletter 25(2–3):387–398.
Baker, S. A.
1998 Analysis of Glass, Ceramic, and Soil Samples Using Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry. Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Chemistry, University of Florida. University Microforms, Ann Arbor.
* Budd, P., R. Haggerty, A. M. Pollard, B. Scaife, and R. G. Thomas
1996 Rethinking the Quest for Provenenance. Antiquity 70:168–174.
* Budd, P. J. Montgomery, A. Cox, P. Krause, B. Barreiro, R. and G. Thomas
1998 The Distribution of Lead within Ancient and Modern Human Teeth: Implications for Long-Term and Historical Monitoring. The Science of the Total Environment 220:121–136.
* Burton, J. H., and A. W. Simon
1993 Acid Extraction as a Simple and Inexpensive Method for Compositional Characterization of Archaeological Ceramics. American Antiquity 58:45–59.
* Burton, J. H., and A. W. Simon
1996 A Pot is not a Rock, a Reply to Neff, Glascock, Bishop, and Blackman. American Antiquity 61:405–413.
Campbell and Hamayun
1999 Trace Element Analysis in Iron Meteorites by Laser Ablation ICPMS. Analytical Chemistry 71:939–946.
1999 Chemistry and Composition of Fish Otoliths: Pathways, Mechanisms and Applications. Marine Ecology. Prog. Ser. 188:263–297
* Castellano, A., A. D'innocenzo, C. Pagliara, and F. Raho
1996 Composition and Origin of Iapygian Pottery from Roca Vecchia, Italy. Archaeometry 38:59–65.
* Cecil, Leslie G.
2001 Technological Styles of Late Postclassic Slipped Pottery from the CentralPeténLakes Region, El Petén, Guatemala. Ph.D. dissertation, Department of Anthropology, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.
* Ciurczak, D. M.
1997 Trace Analysis of Archaeological Artifacts Using Nuclear Methods and Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry. Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Chemistry, University of Maryland, College Park. University Microforms, Ann Arbor.
* Devos, W, M. Senn-Luder, C. Moor, and C. Salter
2000 Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) for Spatially Resolved Trace Analysis of Early-Medieval Archaeological Iron Finds. Fresenius Journal of Analytic Chemistry 366:873–880.
* Dussubieux, Laure
2001 How Can Laser Ablation ICP-MS Contribute to the Characterization of Archaeological Glass Samples from the Indian Ocean? Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Orleans, Orleans, France. (in French).
* Entwistle, Jane A., Peter W. Abrahams, and Robert A. Dadgshon
1998 Multi-Elemental Analysis of Soils from Scottish Historical Sites. Interpreting Land0use History Through the Physical and Geochemical Analysis of Soil. Journal of Archaeological Science 25:53–68.
Foradas, J. G.
1994 Chert Acquisition for Ceremonial Bladelet Manufacture at Three SciotoHopewell Sites: A Test of Normative Mineral Composition Method for Sourcing Cherts. Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Anthropology, Ohio State University (2 Vols.). University Microforms, Ann Arbor.
* Fralick, Philip W., Joe D. Stewart, and A.C. MacWilliams
1998 Geochemistry of West-Central Chihuahua Obsidian Nodules and Implications for the Derivation of Obsidian Artefacts. Journal of Archaeological Science 25(10):1023–1038.
Garbeschonberg, C. D., C. Reinman, and V. A. Pavlov
1997 Laser Ablation ICP-MS Analyses of Tree-Ring Profiles in Pine and Birch from N. Norway and NW Russia-A Reliable Record of the Pollution History of the Area. Environmental Geology 32:9–16.
* Gratuze, B.
1999 Obsidian Characterization by LA-ICP-MS and its Application to Prehistoric Trade in the Mediterranean and the Near East: Sources and Distribution of Obsidian within the Aegean and Antolia. Journal of Archaeological Science 26:869–881.
* Gratuze, B., M. Blet-Lemarquard, and J. N. Barrandon
2001 Mass Spectrometry with Laser Sampling: A New Tool to Characterize Archaeological Materials. Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry 247:645–656.
* Guerra, M. F., C. -O. Sarthre, A. Gondonneau, and J. -N. Barrington
1999 Precious Metal and Provenance enquiries using LA-ICP-MS. Journal of Archaeological Science 26:1101–1110.
1985 Solid Sample Introduction by Laser Ablation for Inductively Coupled Plasma Source Mass Spectrometry. Analyst 110:551–556.
* Habicht-Mauche, J. A., S. T. Glenn, H. Milford, and A. R. Flegal
2000 Isotopic Tracing of Prehistoric Rio Grande Glaze-Paint Production and Trade. Journal of Archaeological Science 27:709–713.
* Hall, M. E., S. P. Brimmer, F. H. Li, and L. Lablonsky
1998 ICP-MS and ICP-OES Studies of Gold from a Late Sarmatian Burial. Journal of Archaeological Science 25:545–552.
* Hatcher, H., Michael S. Tite, and J. N. Walsh
1995 A Comparison of Inductively-Coupled Plasma Emission Spectrometry and Atomic Absorption Spectrometry Analysis on Standard Reference Silicate Materials and Ceramics. Archaeometry 37:83–94.
* Hart, F. A. and S. J. Adams
1983 The Chemical Analysis of Romano-British Pottery from Alice Holt Forest by Means of Inductively-Coupled Plasma Emission Spectrometry. Archaeometry 25:179–185
* Hart, F. A., J. M. V. Storey, S. J. Adams, R. P. Symonds, and J. N. Walsh
1987 An Analytical Study, Using Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP) Spectrometry of Samian and Colour-Coated Wares from the Roman Town at Colchester Together with Related Continental Samian Wares. Journal of Archaeological Science 14:577–598.
* Hess, Sean C.
1996 Chert Provenance Analysis at the Mack Canyon Site, Sherman County, Oregon: An Evaluative Study. Geoarchaeology 11:51–81.
Hoffman, E., C. Ludke, H. Scholze, and H. Stepanowitz
1994 Analytical Investigations of Tree Rings by Laser Ablation ICP-MS. Fresenius Journal of Analytical Chemistry 350:253–259.
Hogan, D. L., V. V. Golovlev, M. J. Gresalfi, J. A. Chaney, C. S. Feigerle, J. C. Miller, G. Romer, and P. Messier
1999 Laser Ablation Mass Spectroscopy of Nineteenth Century Daguerreotypes. Applied Spectroscopy 53:1161–1168.
2001 The Application of Nd:YAG Lasers in LA-ICP-MS. In Laser-Ablation-ICPMS in the Earth Sciences: Principles and Applications, edited by P. Sylvester, pp. 29–46. Short Course Series, Vol 29. Mineralogical Association of Canada, St. Johns, Newfoundland.
Jackson, S., N. Pearson, and W. Griffin
2001 In Situ Isotope Ratio Determination Using Laser-Ablation (LA)-Magnetic Sector-ICP-MS. In Laser-Ablation-ICPMS in the Earth Sciences: Principles and Applications, edited by P. Sylvester, pp. 105–120. Short Course Series, Vol 29. Mineralogical Association of Canada, St. Johns, Newfoundland.
Jeffries, T. E., W. T. Perkins, and N. J. G. Pearce
1995 Comparison of Infrared and Ultraviolet-Laser Probe Microanalysis Inductively-Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry in Mineral Analysis. Analyst 120:1365–1371.
* Jongste, P.F.B., J.B. Jansen, Luc Moens, and P. De Paepe
1988 A Multivariate Provenance Determination of White Marbles Using ICPAES and Stable Isotope Analysis. In The Study of Marble and Other Stones Used in Antiquity. Yannis Maniatis, Norman Herz and Yannis Basiakos, eds. Pp. 143–149. Athens: Archetype.
* Junk, S. A.
2001 Ancient Artefacts and Modern Analytical Techniques—Usefulness of Laser Ablation ICP-MS Demonstrated with Ancient Gold Coins. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B 181:723–727.
* Kilikoglou, Vassillias, Y. Bassiakos, R.C. Doonan, and J. Stratis
1997 NAA and ICP Analysis of Obsidian from Central Europe and the Aegean: Source Characterization and Provenance Determination. Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry 216:87–93.
Kingston, H. M., and S. J. Haswell (editors)
1997 Microwave-Enhanced Chemistry Fundamentals, Sample Preparation, and Applications. American Chemical Society, Washington, D.C.
Kingston, H. M., and L. B. Jassie (editors)
1988 Introduction to Microwave Sample Preparation: Theory and Practice. American Chemical Society, Washington, D.C.
* Lattanzi, Gregory D.
2007 The Provenance of Pre-Contact Copper Artifacts: Social Complexity and Trade in the Delaware Valley. Archaeology of Eastern North America 32:125-137.
* Lattanzi, Gregory D.
2007 "Elucidating the Origin of Middle Atlantic Pre-Contact Copper Artifacts Using Laser Ablation ICP-MS". Paper presented at the 2007 Annual Eastern States Archaeological Federation Meeting, Friday, November 9, Burlington, Vermont.
* Linderholm, Johan, and Erik Lundberg
1994 Chemical Characterization of Various Archaeological Soil Samples Using Main and Trace Elements Determined by Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectrometry. Journal of Archaeological Science 21:303–314.
* MacDonald, Ray, Robert L. Smith, and John E. Thomas
1992 Chemistry of the Subalkalic Silicic Obsidians. U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1523. Washington: U. S. Government Printing Office. 214.
* Mallory-Greenough, L.M., J.D. Greenough, G. Dobosi, and J. V. Owen
1999 Fingerprinting Ancient Egyptian Quarries: Preliminary Results Using Laser Ablation Microprobe-Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry. Archaeometry 4:227–238.
* Mallory-Greenough, L.M., J.D. Greenough, and J.V. Owen
1998 New Data for Old Pots: Trace-Element Characterization of Ancient Egyptian Pottery Using ICP-MS. Journal of Archaeological Science 25:85–97.
* Mathias, C.
1998 Examination of Interactions Between Ferrous Metals and the Archaeological Burial Environment at a Seventeenth-Century Plantation Site. M.S. Thesis, Department of Earth Science, Memorial University of New Foundland, St. John’s. University Microforms, Ann Arbor.
* Mirti, Piero, and A. Casoli
1995 Fine Ware from Locri Epizephiri: A Provenance Study by Inductively Coupled Plasma Emission Spectroscopy. Archaeometry 37:41–51.
* Mirti, P., M. Aceto, and M.C. Preacco Ancona
1998 Campanian Pottery from Ancient Bruttium (Southern Italy): Scientific Analysis of Local and Imported Products. Archaeometry 40:311–329.
* Mirti, Piero, V. Zelano, R. Aruga, E. Ferrara, and L. Appolonia
1990 Roman Pottery from Augusta Praetoria (Aosta, Italy): A Provenance Study. Archaeometry 32:163–175.
Montaser, A. (editor)
1998 Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry. Wiley-VCH, New York.
* Neff, H., M. D. Glascock, R. L. Bishop, M. J. Blackman
1996 A Reassessment of the Acid Extraction Approach to Compositional Characterization of Archaeological Ceramics. American Antiquity 61:389–404.
Nolte, J., F. Scheffler, S. Mann, M. Paul
1999 The Influence of True Simultaneous Internal Standardization and Background Correction on Repeatability for Laser Ablation and the Slurry Technique Coupled to ICP Emission Spectrometry. Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectroscopy 14:597–602.
2001 Applications of Laser-Ablation ICPMS to the Trace Element Geochemistry of Basaltic Magmas and Mantle Evolution. In Laser-Ablation-ICPMS in the Earth Sciences: Principles and Applications, edited by P. Sylvester, pp. 163–184. Short Course Series, Vol 29. Mineralogical Association of Canada, St. Johns, Newfoundland.
2001 Laser Ablation ICP Mass Spectrometry for Solid Sampling Using a 193 nm ArF Excimer Ablation System. Lambda Highlight 58:11–12.
* Pereira, C. E. D., N. Meikeley, G. Poupeau, and I. L. Kuchler
2001 Determination of Minor and Trace Elements in Obsidian Rock Samples and Archaeological Artifacts by Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry using Synthetic Obsidian Standards. Spectrochimica Acta Part B-Atomic Spectroscopy 56:1927–1940.
Pearce, N. J. G., J. A. Westgate, W. T. Perkins, W.J. Eastwood, and P. Shane
1999 The Application of Laser Ablation ICP-MS to the Analysis of Volcanic Glass Shards from Tephra Deposits: Bulk Glass and Single Shard Analysis. Global and Planetary Change 21:151–171.
* Pingitore, N. E., J. Leach, J. Villalobos, J. Peterson, and D. Hill
1997 Provenance Determination from ICP-MS Elemental and Isotopic Compositions of El Paso Area Ceramics. In Materials Issues in Art and Archaeology V, edited by P.B. Vandiver, J.R. Druzik, J.F. Merkel, and J. Stewart, pp. 59–70. Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings, v. 462.
* Porat, Naomi, Joseph Yellin, Lisa Heller-Kallai, and Ludwik Halicz
1991 Correlation Between Petrography, NAA, and ICP Analyses: Application to Early Bronze Pottery from Canaan. Geoarchaeology 6:133–149.
Plazner, I, S. Ehrlich, and L. Halicz
2001 Isotope-Ratio Measurements of Lead in NIST Standard Reference Materials by Multiple-Collector Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry. Fresenius Journal of Analytical Chemistry 370:624–628.
* Pollard, A. M. and C. Heron
1996 Archaeological Chemistry. The Royal Society of Chemistry, London.
Raith, A., W. T. Perkins, N. J. G Pearce, and T. E. Jeffries
1996 Environmental Monitoring of Shellfish using UV Laser Ablation ICP-MS. Fresenius Journal of Analytical Chemistry 355:789–792.
Reinhardt, H., M. Kriews, H. Miller, O. Schrems, C. Ludke, E. Hoffman, J. Skole
2001 Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry: A New Tool for Trace Element Analysis in Ice Cores. Fresenius Journal of Analytical Chemistry 370:629–636.
Ridley, W. I.
2000 The ICP-MS Laser Microprobe: A New Geochemical Tool. Trends in Geochemistry 1:1–14.
* Saitowitz, Sharma J., David L. Reid, and N.J. Van der Merwe
1996 Glass Bead Trade from Islamic Egypt to South Africa c. AD 900–1250. South African Journal of Science 92:101–104.
* Sakai, S.
2001 Explaining Changes in Subsistence Strategies and Settlement Patterns Among the Virgin Branch Anasazi Through a Ceramic Provenance Study Using Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry. M.A. Thesis, Department of Anthropology, California State University, Long Beach.
Sinclair, D. J., L. P. J. Kinsley, and M. T. Mcculloch
1998 High Resolution Analysis of Trace Elements in Corals by Laser Ablation ICP-MS. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 62:1889–1901.
* Soles, J. S., S. R. Taylor, and C. J. Vitaliano
1995 Tephra Samples from Mochlos and Their Chronological Implication for Neopalatial Crete. Archaeometry 37:385–393.
2001 Trace Element Analysis of Fused Whole Rock Glasses by Laser-Ablation ICPMS. In Laser-Ablation-ICPMS in the Earth Sciences: Principles and Applications, edited by P. Sylvester, pp. 147–162. Short Course Series, Vol 29. Mineralogical Association of Canada, St. Johns, Newfoundland.
Thomas, R. (note—there are 10 articles in this series…an excellent introduction)
2001 A Beginner’s Guide to ICP-MS Part VII: Mass Separation Devices—Double-Focusing Magnetic-Sector Technology. Spectroscopy 16(11):22–27.
Thorrold, S. R., C. M. Jones, S.E. Campana, J. W. McLaren and J. W. H. Lam
1998 Trace Element Signatures in Otoliths Record Natal River of Juvenile American Shad (Alosa sapidissima). Limnol. Oceanogr. 43:1826–1835.
* Triadan, Daniela, Hector Neff, and Michael D. Glascock
1997 An Evaluation of the Archaeological Relevance of Weak-Acid Extraction ICP: White Mountain Redware as a Case Study. Journal of Archaeological Science 24:997–1002.
Turner, P. J., D. J. Mills, E. Schroeder, G. Lapitajs, G. Jung, L. A. Iacone, D. A. Haydar, and A. Montaser
1998 Instrumentation for Low- and High-Resolution ICPMS. In Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry edited by A. Montaser. Wiley-VCH, New York.
* Tykot, Robert H.
1997 Characterization of the Monte Arci (Sardinia) Obsidian Sources. Journal of Archaeological Science 24:467–479.
* Tykot, Robert H.
2002 Chemical Fingerprinting and Source Tracing of Obsidian: The Central Mediterranean Trade in Black Gold. Accounts of Chemical Research 35:618–627.
* Tykot, Robert H., and Suzanne M.M. Young
1996 Archaeological Applications of Inductively Coupled-Mass Spectrometry, In Archaeological Chemistry: Organic, Inorganic, and Biochemical Analsis, edited by Mary Virginia Orna, Pp. 116–130. ACS Symposium Series 625. American Chemical Society, Washington, D.C.
* Watling, R. J.
1999 Laser ablation ICP-MS as an investigational tool for insurance fraud, forensic science and forensic archaeology. Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry, Pau, France, 49–50.
* Watling, R. J.
1999 Novel applications of Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) in the field of Forensic Science and Forensic Archaeology. Spectroscopy 14(6), 16–34.
Watling, R. J.
1998 Sourcing the Provenance of Cannabis Crops Using Inter-Element Association Patterns Fingerprinting and Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry. Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry 13:917–926.
* Watling, R. J., Taylor, J. J., Shell, C. A., Chapman, R. J., Warner, R. B., Cahill, M. and Leake, R. C.
1999 The Application of Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) for Establishing the Provenance of Gold Ores and Artefacts, edited by S. M. Young, M. A. Pollard, P. Budd, and R. A. Ixer, pp. 53–63. British Archaeological Reports Series BAR 792.
Watmouth, S. A., T. C. Hutchinson, and R. D. Evans
1998 The Quantitative Analysis of Sugar Maple Tree Rings by Laser Ablation in Conjunction with ICP-MS. Journal of Environmental Quality 27:1087–1094.
Woodhead, J. D., and J. M. Hergt
2001 Strontium, Neodymium, and Lead Isotope analyses of NIST Glass Certified Reference Materials: SRM 610, 612, and 614. Geostandards Newsletter. 25:261–266.
* Young, S. M., M. Budd, R. Haggerty, and A. M. Pollard
1997 Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry for the Analysis of Ancient Metals. Archaeometry 39:379–392
This list originally compiled Robert J. Speakman