Chemical Composition: XRF data from Artax 1
Alloying Elements: copper, tin
Other Elements: lead, iron, arsenic
K. Eremin, January 2014
Technical Observations: The smooth, dark brown-black islands between the larger swaths of raised-green and recessed-red cuprite corrosion products are areas of well-preserved original surface. Some burial accretions remain on the inner surface as well. The outer layer of the object is, for the most part, heavily corroded.
The armlet is made of one continuous coil of metal with a slightly convex inner surface and a rounded outer one, which is slightly faceted on the sides. The tips of the wire are slightly tapered and rounded at the ends. It is difficult to say exactly how this object was shaped, although it would make sense for it to have been hammered.
Francesca G. Bewer (submitted 2012)