Focus articleApplication of X-ray fluorescence imaging to ceramics from the American Southwest
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Highlights•Synchrotron-based XRF imaging allows rapid mapping of entire surfaces of sherds.•Pigments in painted designs on sherds from the American Southwest provide strong elemental contrast in XRFI maps.•XRFI can analyze pigment compositions and provide information on construction.•XRF maps can reveal hidden painted features beneath dirt and overlying layers.•The speed of synchrotron-based XRF allows entire collections to be analyzed.

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