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  • 1 Dipartimento di Chimica Generale, Università Centro CNR di Radiochimica ed Analisi per Attivazione Pavia Italy
  • | 2 Geofizikai Tanszék Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem Ludovika sq. Budapest Hungary
  • | 3 CNR Istituto di Geocronologia e Geochimica Isotopica Pisa Italy
  • | 4 Hungarian National Museum Department of Information P.O.B. 124 VIII H-1450 Budapest Hungary
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Obsidian samples from the Tokaj Mountains (Hungary) and from the neighbouring Zemplin Hills (Slovakia) were analysed by instrumental and epithermal neutron activation analysis for obtaining a “fingerprint” for discrimination of potential natural sources of raw material that would permit tracing the origin of archaeological obsidian artefacts. These techniques fully discriminate the Zemplin Hills sources (Carpathian I, eastern Slovakia) and the Tokaj Mountain sources (Carpathian II, north-eastern Hungary) as well as these Central European sources from those already studied of the Mediterranean basin and adjacent regions.