Archeology with neutrons: Mass production in Rome
Physicists at the neutron source Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM II) had a glance into a Roman god. They found, that the figurine is hollow.
An indication for Roman mass production, says Professor Rupert Gebhard from the Archälogische Staatssammlung München.
The neutron radiography taken at the ANTARES instrument by Martin Mühlbauer also shows, that the legs were added after the first casting. The little door at the back seems to have been prized open after fabrication to remove the casting core.
The statue was produced in the second century AC. It was found in an archeological site at Oberburg am Main and is propriety of the Achäologische Staatssammlung München.
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