Investigation of toxic treatments on Māori textiles and wooden objects for MTG Hawkes Bay using a portable x-ray fluorescence machine

KM Rogers
Toxic biocide treatments were widely and liberally applied to museum collections in the 19th and 20th centuries to protect precious objects from degradation due to insect attack and mould growth. Now, recognised as being hazardous, many museums are left with an unknown legacy of heavy metal contamination, or worse, not knowing if their collections are affected. More recently, portable x-ray fluorescence (pXRF) has been developed as a useful tool to detect contaminants on collection items....
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