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A copper phosphate mineral. Libethenite was identified as a corrosion product on German bronzes that were in a burial environment adjacent to bones.

Composition Cu2(PO4)(OH)

Additional Information

W.von Geilmann, K.Meisel "Rontgenographische Untersuchungens Methoden in der Vorgeshichtsforschung: Libethenite, ein Mineral der Patinabidung" Nachrichtenblatt fur Deutsche Vorzeit 18:208-212, 1942.

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • M.Fabrizi,H.Ganiaris,S.Tarling, D.Scott, 'The Occurrence of Sampleite, a Complex Copper Phosphate, as a Corrosion Product on Copper Alloy Objects from Memphis, Egypt', Studies in Conservation, 34, 45-51, 1989