4:20 PM - 4:35 PM
[SEM18-04] Further archeointensity study on potteries fired in the reconstructed ancient kiln in Japan
We cut mini specimens from a cup type (CupB-1) and a sake-pitcher type (Tokkuri-1) potteries. For the CupB-1 all the specimens were heated in vacuum for acquisition of laboratory thermoremanent magnetization (TRM), and 15 out of the 17 specimens passed the criteria to yield an archeointensity estimate of 65.8 +/- 2.5 microT. This is significantly higher than the in situ geomagnetic field of 46.4 microT (about 40 per cent high). Anisotropy of remanent magnetization is not seemed to be a possible cause of the high archeointensity estimate because it is only 3 per cent between the natural remanent magnetization (NRM) directions and laboratory TRM directions based on measurements of anhysteretic remanent magnetization (ARM). We reported these preliminary results from the CupB-1 in last November (Yamamoto et al., 2016 SGEPSS meeting).
Other possible cause of the high archeointensity estimate is uncorrectable laboratory alteration using ARMs. It is expected that different type of alterations could occur between heating in vacuum and air. For the Tokkuri-1 the specimens were split into two groups: one was heated in vacuum while the other was in air. So far we have obtained 6 successful results: 67.1 +/- 12.5 microT for the vacuum group (N=2) and 49.1 +/- 2.6 microT for the air group (N=2). We will continue the experiment and discuss these results.