Iron-57 Mössbauer spectral studies of medieval stained glass

G. Longworth, N. H. Tennent, M J Tricker, P P Vaishnava

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57Fe Mössbauer spectral data for six excavated and two simulated medieval stained glass samples are reported. Iron-containing precipitates are observed in the two simulated medieval glasses and are responsible for the amber colour of these samples. The ferrous/ferric ratio of the other samples is dependent on the glass composition and glass making conditions. The green glasses are associated with the presence of both ferrous and ferric iron, the ratio being very similar in three of the glasses studied, while in the purple and emerald green glasses the iron which is constitutionally incorporated in the glass is solely in the ferric oxidation state. The UVvisible spectra of some of the glasses are used to assist in interpretation of the colourant action of iron, and the role of Mössbauer spectroscopy in linking separate glass fragments with a common source is also indicated. © 1982.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)261-273
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Archaeological Science
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 1982


  • amber
  • atomic absorption spectroscopy
  • cobalt
  • copper
  • elgin cathedral
  • ferrous/ferric ratio
  • green
  • iron
  • iron oxides
  • iron sulphide
  • manganese
  • medieval
  • mossbauer spectroscopy
  • potash glass
  • purple and blue glasses
  • Scotland
  • simulated medieval glass
  • soda glass
  • st andrews cathedral
  • stained glass
  • ultra violet-visible spectroscopy


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