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General introduction

Course co-ordinators: Bill Sillar (b.sillar@ucl.ac.uk) and Patrick Quinn (patrick.quinn@ucl.ac.uk)

  • Postgraduate: core: 0.5 units
  • One term 

Course overview

  • This course provides a practical introduction to ceramic petrography and coverage of other techniques of materials analysis used in the study of ancient ceramics with a critical consideration of how to interpret the resulting data in relation to pottery technology and broader theoretical questions.

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Introductory readings and online references 

Petrology course books

  • MacKenzie, W. S, Adams, A. E, A colour atlas of rocks and minerals in thin section, Manson Publishing, 1994 [Held by Library] SFX
  • Quinn, Patrick Sean, Interpreting silent artefacts : petrographic approaches to archaeological ceramics, Archaeopress, 2009 [Held by Library] SFX
  • Reedy, Chandra L., Thin-section petrography of stone and ceramic cultural materials, Archetype, 2008 [Held by Library] SFX

Useful general books on pottery studies in archaeology

  • Freestone, Ian, Gaimster, David R. M, Pottery in the making : world ceramic traditions, British Museum Press, 1997 [Held by Library] SFX
  • Orton, Clive, Tyers, Paul, Vince, A. G, Pottery in archaeology, Cambridge University Press, 1993 [Held by Library] SFX
  • Rice, Prudence M, Pottery analysis : a sourcebook, University of Chicago Press, 1987 [Held by Library] SFX

Journals

  • This reading list has prioritised online journals in order to facilitate your access.
  • The following journals have consistently published articles on the scientific analysis of pottery and can usefully be consulted when looking for discussions of analytical techniques and their application to specific research questions:
    • Archaeometry
    • Journal of Archaeological Science
    • Journal of Field Archaeology
    • Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory
    • American Antiquity

 


Lectures listing

Lecture 1 Introduction to ceramic compositional analysis   Lecture 6  Interpreting ceramic provenance
Lecture 2 Clays: origin, mineralogy, chemistry and alteration with heat   Lecture 7 Reconstructing ceramic technology
Lecture 3 Elemental analysis   Lecture 8 Pottery function: residues, strength and thermal properties
Lecture 4 Combining visual and numerical data   Lecture 9   Analytical techniques for identifying the temperature and atmosphere of the original firing of ceramics and for dating of ceramic material
Lecture 5 Ceramic petrography: composition, grouping and description   Lecture 10  Student presentations of projects/essays

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Lectures

Lecture 1:
Introduction to ceramic compositional analysis

Essential reading

  • Tite, M.S., "Pottery production, distribution and consumption - the contribution of the physical sciences" in Journal of archaeological method and theory, 6(3), 1999, pages 181-233. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf [Held by Library] SFX
  • Blackman, M. J., "The effect of human size sorting on the mineralogy and chemistry of ceramic clays" in Chemical characterization of ceramic pastes in archaeology by Neff, Hector, Prehistory Press, 1992, pages 113-124. Note: Available electronically. Please click on the SFX to access the article. [Held by Library] SFX

Introductory books that focus specifically on materials analysis of pottery

  • Barclay, Katherine, Scientific analysis of archaeological ceramics : a handbook of resources, Oxbow, 2001 [Held by Library] SFX
  • Buxeda i Garrigos, J., "Alteration and contamination of archaeological ceramics: the perturbation problem" in Journal of Archaeological Science, 26, 1999, pages 295-313. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX
  • Gibson, Alex M, Woods, A. J, Prehistoric pottery for the archaeologist, 2nd Edition, Leicester University Press, 1997 [Held by Library] SFX
  • Henderson, Julian, "Ceramics" in The science and archaeology of materials : an investigation of inorganic materials by Henderson, Julian, Routledge, 2000, pages 109-207. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf [Held by Library] SFX
  • Lange, Frederick W., Bishop, Ronald L, The ceramic legacy of Anna O. Shepard, University Press of Colorado, 1991 [Held by Library] SFX
  • Lindahl, Anders, Stilborg, Ole, Hulthén, Birgitta, The aim of laboratory analyses of ceramics in archaeology, April 7-9, 1995 in Lund Sweden, Kungl. Vitterhets historie och antikvitets akademien, 1995 [Held by Library] SFX
  • Wagner, U., "Mössbauer Spectroscopy in Archaeology" in Hyperfine interactions, 154, 2004, pages 1-251. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article THIS ENTIRE VOLUME IS DEVOTED TO MATERIALS ANALYSIS OF POTTERY WITH SEVERAL USEFUL SHORT ARTICLES EXPLAINING ANALYTICAL TECHNIQUES AND APPLICATIONS. [Held by Library] SFX
  • Vandiver, P., "The role of materials research in ceramics and archaeology" in Annual review of materials research, 31, 2001, pages 373-385. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX

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Lecture 2:
Clays: origin, mineralogy, chemistry and alteration with heat

Essential reading

  • Pollard, A. M, Heron, Carl, "The geochemistry of clays and provenance of ceramics" in Archaeological chemistry by Pollard, A. M, Heron, Carl, 2nd Edition, Royal Society of Chemistry, 2008, pages 98-143. Note: Available electronically: Click on the SFX link to download the pdf [Held by Library] SFX
  • Rice, Prudence M, "Chapter 3: Properties of clays I: the clay/water system" in Pottery analysis : a sourcebook by Rice, Prudence M, University of Chicago Press, 1987, pages 54-79. Note: Available electronically. Please click on the SFX to access the article. [Held by Library] SFX

Other reading

  • Brady, Nyle C, The nature and properties of soils., 8th Edition, Macmillan, 1974 [Held by Library] SFX
  • Brown, G., "Crystal structures of clay minerals and related phyllosilicates" in Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London., 311, 1984, pages 221-240. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX
  • Bergeron, Clifton G, Risbud, Subash H, Introduction to phase equilibria in ceramics, The American Ceramic Society, 1984 [Held by Library] SFX
  • Cohen, Beth, Lansing-Maish, Susan, The colors of clay : special techniques in Athenian vases, J. Paul Getty Museum, 2006 [Held by Library] SFX
  • Colbeck, John, Pottery materials : their composition, preparation and use, Batsford, 1988 [Held by Library] SFX
  • Druc, Isabelle C, Archaeology and clays, John and Erica Hedges, Ltd., 2001 [Held by Library] SFX
  • Eberl, D. D., "Clay mineral formation and transformation in rocks and soils" in Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London., 311, 1984, pages 141-157. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX
  • Fowden, Leslie, Tinker, P. B, Clay minerals : their structure, behaviour and use, The Royal Society, 1984 [Held by Library]
  • Gill, Robin, Chemical fundamentals of geology, 2nd Edition, Chapman & Hall, 1996 [Held by Library] SFX
  • Gosselain, O. P., "Bonfire of the enquiries. Pottery firing temperatures in archaeology: what for?" in Journal of Archaeological Science, 19(2), 1992, pages 243-259. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX
  • Grimshaw, Rex W, Searle, Alfred B, The chemistry and physics of clays and allied ceramic materials, 4th Edition [Held by Library] SFX
  • Hein, A. P. M. et al., "The geochemical diversity of neogene clay deposits in Crete and its implications for provenance studies of Minoan pottery" in Archaeometry, 46(3), 2004, pages 357-384. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX
  • Heimann, R. B., "Firing technologies and their possible assessment by modern analytic methods" in Archaeological ceramics : papers presented at a seminar on Ceramics as Archaeological Material held at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. and the National Bureau of Standards, Gaithersburg, Maryland, 29 September-1 October 1980, one of the Smithsonian Institution/National Bureau of Standards seminars on the Application of the Materials and Measurement Sciences to Archaeology and Museum Conservation ... by Olin, Jacqueline S, Franklin, Alan D., Smithsonian Institution Press, 1982, pages 89-98. Note: Available electronically. Please click on the SFX to access the article. [Held by Library] SFX
  • Kaiser, T. and Lucius, W., "Thermal expansion measurement and the estimation of prehistoric firing temperatures" in Pottery technology : ideas and approaches by Bronitsky, Gordon, Westview Press, 1989, pages 83-100. Note: Available electronically. Please click on the SFX to access the article. [Held by Library] SFX
  • Livingstone-Smith, A., "Bonfire II: the return of pottery firing temperatures" in Journal of Archaeological Science, 28, 2001, pages 991-1003. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX
  • Michelaki, K., "Integrating typological and physico-chemical approaches to examine the potters' choices: a case from Bronze Age Hungary" in Modern trends in scientific studies on ancient ceramics : papers presented at the 5th European Meeting on Ancient Ceramics, Athens 1999 by Kilikoglou, V, Archaeopress, 2002, pages 313-322. Note: Available electronically. Please click on the SFX to access the article. [Held by Library] SFX
  • Newman, A. C. D, Chemistry of clays and clay minerals, Longman Scientific & Technical, 1987 [Held by Library] SFX
  • Rhodes, Daniel, Clay and glazes for the potter, 2nd Edition, A & C Black, 1988 [Held by Library] SFX
  • Rice, Prudence M, The prehistory & history of ceramic kilns, The American Ceramic Society, 1997 [Held by Library] SFX
  • Tite, M. S., "Determination of the firing temperature of ancient ceramics by measurement of thermal expansion: a reassessment" in Archaeometry, 11, 1969, pages 131-143. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX
  • Wagner, F. and Wagner, U., "Mossbauer spectra of clays and ceramics" in Hyperfine interactions, 154, 2004, pages 35-82. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX
  • Worrall, W. E, Clays and ceramic raw materials, 2nd Edition, Elsevier Applied Science Publishers, 1986 [Held by Library] SFX

Reading: the potter and the analyst

  • Adan-Bayewitz, D. and Wieder, M., "Ceramics from Roman Galilee: a comparison of several techniques for fabric characterization" in Journal of field archaeology, 19, 1992, pages 189-205. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX
  • Blackman, M. J. et al, "The standardization hypothesis and ceramics mass production: technological, compositional and metric indexes of craft specialization at Tell Leilan, Syria" in American antiquity, 58, 1993, pages 60-80. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX
  • Courty, M. A. and Roux, V., "Identification of wheel throwing on the basis of ceramic surface features and microfabrics" in Journal of Archaeological Science, 22, 1995, pages 17-50. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX
  • Feathers, J. K., "Explaining shell-tempered pottery in prehistoric eastern North America" in Journal of archaeological method and theory, 13(2), 2006, pages 89-133. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX
  • Garcia-Heras, M., "Regional shared style and technology: a mineralogical and compositional study of Celtiberian pottery from Numantia, Spain" in Journal of field archaeology, 27(4), 2000, pages 437-454. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX
  • Montana, G. et al., "The petrography and chemistry of thin-walled ware from a Hellenistic-Roman site at Segesta (Sicily)" in Archaeometry, 43, 2003, pages 375-389. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX
  • Neff, H. et al., "An assessment of the acid-extraction approach to compositional characterisation of archaeological ceramics" in American antiquity, 61(2), 1996, pages 389-404. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX
  • Whitbread, J. K., "We are what we study: problems in communication and collaboration between ceramologists and archaeological scientists" in The aim of laboratory analyses of ceramics in archaeology, April 7-9, 1995 in Lund Sweden by Lindahl, Anders, Stilborg, Ole, Hulthén, Birgitta, 34, Kungl. Vitterhets historie och antikvitets akademien, 1995, pages 91-100 [Held by Library] SFX
  • Woodward, A. et al, "The prehistoric pottery" in A prehistoric and Romano-British landscape : excavations at Whitemoor Haye Quarry, Staffordshire, 1997-1999 by Coates, Gary, Barclay, Alistair, Archaeopress, 2002, pages 43-53. Note: Available electronically. Please click on the SFX to access the article. [Held by Library] SFX

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Lecture 3:
Elemental analysis

Essential reading

  • Bishop, R. L. et al., "Sensitivity, precision and accuracy: their roles in ceramic compositional data bases" in American antiquity, 55, 1989, pages 537-546. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX
  • Glascock, M. D. et al., "Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis and multivariate statistics for pottery provenance" in Hyperfine interactions, 154, 2004, pages 95-105. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX

Other reading

  • Adan-Bayewitz, D. et al., "Determining pottery provenance: application of a new high precision x-ray fluorescence method and comparison with instrumental neutron activation analysis" in Archaeometry, 41, 1999, pages 1-24. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX
  • Baxter, M. J., "Statistical modelling of artefact compositional data" in Archaeometry, 43(1), 2001, pages 131-147. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX
  • Bishop, R. L. et al., "Ceramic compositional analysis in archaeological perspective" in Advances in archaeological method and theory, 5, Academic Press, 1982, pages 275-330. Note: Available electronically. Please click on the SFX to access the article. [Held by Library] SFX
  • Day, P. M. et al, "Group therapy in Crete: a comparison between analyses by NAA and thin section petrography of early Minoan pottery" in Journal of Archaeological Science, 26, 1999, pages 1025-1036. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX
  • Glascock, M. D., "Characterization of archaeological ceramics at MURR by neutron activation analysis and multivariate statistics" in Chemical characterization of ceramic pastes in archaeology by Neff, Hector, Prehistory Press, 1992, pages 11-26 [Held by Library] SFX
  • Neff, Hector, Chemical characterization of ceramic pastes in archaeology, Prehistory Press, 1992 [Held by Library] SFX
  • Stoltman, J. B. and Mainfort, R. C. Jr, "Minerals and elements: using petrography to reconsider the findings of neutron activation in the compositional analysis of ceramics from Pinson Mounds, Tennessee", 27, 2002, pages 1-33. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article SFX
  • Wagner, U., "Mössbauer Spectroscopy in Archaeology" in Hyperfine interactions, 154, 2004, pages 1-251. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX

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Lecture 4:
Combining visual and numerical data

Essential reading

  • Quinn, P. S. et al., "Keeping an eye on your pots: the provenance of Neolithic ceramics from Cyclops Cave on the island of Youra, Greece" in Journal of Archaeological Science, 37, 2010, pages 1042-1052. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX

Please start by reading

  • Blomster, J. P. et al, "Olmec pottery production and export in ancient Mexico determined through elemental analysis" in Science, 307, 2005, pages 1068-1072. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX
  • Stoltman, J. B., "Petrographic evidence shows that pottery exchange between the Olmec and their neigbors was two-way" in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 102(3), 2005, pages 11213-11218. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX

Then look through this chronological sequence of articles where the argument is developed

  • Flannery, K. V. et al., "Implications of new petrographic analysis for the Olmec 'mother culture' model" in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 102(3), 2005, pages 11219-11223. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX
  • Froh, J., "Archaeological ceramics studied by Scanning Electron Microscopy" in Hyperfine interactions, 154, 2004, pages 159-176. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX
  • Hancock, R. G. V. et al, "Thoughts on the utility of bivariate-splitting approach to Olmec ceramic data interpretation" in Archaeometry, 50(4), 2008, pages 710-726. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX
  • Neff, H., "The Olmec and the origins of Mesoamerican civilisation" in Antiquity by Crawford, Osbert Guy Stanhope, 80, 2006, pages 714-716. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX
  • Neff, H. et al., "Methodological issues in the provenance investigation of early Formative Mesoamerican ceramics" in Latin American antiquity a journal of the Society for American Archaeology, 17(1), 2006, pages 54-76. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX
  • Neff, H. et al., "Smokescreens in the provenance investigation of early Formative Mesoamerican ceramics" in Latin American antiquity a journal of the Society for American Archaeology, 17(1), 2006, pages 104-118. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX
  • Sharer, R. J., "Early Formative pottery trade and the evolution of Mesoamerican civilization" in Antiquity by Crawford, Osbert Guy Stanhope, 81, 2007, pages 201-203. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX
  • Sharer, R. J., "On the logic of archaeological inference: early Formative pottery and the evolution of Mesoamerican societies" in Latin American antiquity a journal of the Society for American Archaeology, 17(1), 2006, pages 90-103. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX

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Lecture 5:
Ceramic petrography: composition, grouping and description

Essential reading

  • Freestone, I., "Ceramic petrography" in American journal of archaeology the journal of the Archaeological Institute of America, 99, 1995, pages 111-115. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX
  • Whitbread, I. K., "A proposal for the systematic description of thin sections towards the study of ancient ceramic technology" in Archaeometry : proceedings of the 25th international symposium by International Symposium on Archaeometry, Maniatis, Y, Elsevier, 1989, pages 127-138. Note: Available electronically: Click on the SFX link to download the pdf [Held by Library] SFX

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Lecture 6:
Interpreting ceramic provenance

Essential reading

  • Peacock, D. P. S., "Neolithic pottery production in Cornwall" in Antiquity by Crawford, Osbert Guy Stanhope, 43, 1969, pages 145-149. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX
  • Tomkins, P. and Day, P. M., "Production and exchange of the earliest ceramic vessels in the Aegean: view from early Neolithic Knossos" in Antiquity by Crawford, Osbert Guy Stanhope, 75, 2001, pages 259-260. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX

Other reading

  • Arnold, D. E., "Compositional analysis and 'sources' of pottery: an ethnoarchaeological approach" in American anthropologist, 93, 1991, pages 70-90. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX
  • Cagle, C. G., "The use of compositional analysis in determining the production mode of Glastonbury ware" in Chemical characterization of ceramic pastes in archaeology by Neff, Hector, Prehistory Press, 1992, pages 269-285 [Held by Library] SFX
  • Dickinson, W. R. et al., "Geologic source and geographic distribution of sand tempers in prehistoric potsherds from the Mariana Islands" in Geoarchaeology, 16(8), 1997, pages 827-854. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX
  • Ixer, R., "Foundered or founded on rock - a future for Welsh provenance studies" in Towards a research agenda for Welsh archaeology : proceedings of the IFA Wales/Cymru Conference, Aberystwyth 2001 by IFA Wales/Cymru Conference, Briggs, C. S, Archaeopress, 2003, pages 213-219. Note: Available electronically. Please click on the SFX to access the article. [Held by Library] SFX
  • Masucci, M and MacFarlane, A., "An application of geological survey and ceramic petrology to provenance studies of Guangala phase ceramics of ancient Ecuador" in Geoarchaeology, 12(7), 1997, pages 765-793. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX
  • Mommsen, H., "Provenance determination of pottery by trace element analysis: problems, solutions and applications" in Journal of radioanalytical and nuclear chemistry., 247, 2001, pages 657-662. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX
  • Mommsen, H., "Provenancing of pottery - the need for an integrated approach?" in Archaeometry, 46(2), 2004, pages 267-271. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX
  • Vince, A., "Ceramic petrology and the study of Anglo-Saxon and later Medieval ceramics" in Medieval archaeology, 27, 2005, pages 219-245. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX
  • Wieder, M. and Adan-Bayewitz, D., "Soil parent materials and the pottery of Roman Galilee: a comparative study" in Geoarchaeology, 17(4), 2002, pages 393-415. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX

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Lecture 7:
Reconstructing ceramic technology

Essential reading

  • Quinn, P. S. and Burton, M., "Ceramic petrology and the reconstruction of hunter-gatherer craft technology in late prehistoric southern California" in Interpreting silent artefacts : petrographic approaches to archaeological ceramics by Quinn, Patrick Sean, Oxford : Archaeopress, 2009, pages 267-295. Note: Available electronically: Click on the SFX link to download the pdf [Held by Library] SFX
  • Sillar, B. and M. Tite, "The challenge of 'technological choices' for material science approaches in archaeology" in Archaeometry, 42(1), 2000, pages 2-20. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX
  • Whitbread, I. K., "Ceramic petrology, clay geochemistry and ceramic production - from technology to the mind of the potter" in Handbook of archaeological sciences by Brothwell, Don R, Pollard, A. M, John Wiley, 2001, pages 449-458. Note: Available electronically: Click on the SFX link to download the pdf [Held by Library] SFX

Other reading

  • Fitzpatrick, S. M. et al., "Ceramic petrography and cultural interaction in Palau, Micronesia" in Journal of Archaeological Science, 30, 2003, pages 1175-1184. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX
  • Heidke, J. M., "Multi-village specialized craft production and the distribution of Hokoham Sedentary Period pottery, Tucson, Arizona" in Interpreting silent artefacts : petrographic approaches to archaeological ceramics by Quinn, Patrick Sean, Archaeopress, 2009, pages 227-244 [Held by Library] SFX
  • Montana, G. et al., "Indigenous tableware production during the Archaic period in western Sicily: new results from petrographic analysis" in Interpreting silent artefacts : petrographic approaches to archaeological ceramics by Quinn, Patrick Sean, Archaeopress, 2009, pages 47-63 [Held by Library] SFX

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Lecture 8:
Pottery function: residues, strength and thermal properties

Essential reading

  • Bayley, J. and Th. Rehren, "Towards a functional and typological classification of crucibles" in Metals and mines : studies in archaeometallurgy by La Niece, Susan, Hook, Duncan R, Craddock, P. T, Archetype in association with the British Museum, 2007, pages 46-55. Note: Available electronically: Click on the SFX link to download the pdf [Held by Library] SFX
  • Charters, S. et al., "Quantification and distribution of lipid in archaeological ceramics: implications for sampling potsherds for organic residue analysis and the classification of vessel use" in Archaeometry, 35(2), 1993, pages 211-221. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX
  • Tite, M. S. et al, "Review article: strength, toughness and thermal shock resistance of ancient ceramics and their influence on technological choice" in Archaeometry, 43(3), 2001, pages 301-324. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX

Other reading

  • Bronitsky, G. and Hamer, R., "Experiments in ceramic technology: the effects of various tempering materials on impact and thermal-shock resistance" in American antiquity, 51(1), 1986, pages 89-101. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX
  • Bronitsky, G., "Ceramics and temper: a response to Feathers" in American antiquity, 54(3), 1989, pages 589-593. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX
  • Dudd, S. N. et al., "Evidence for varying patterns of exploitation of animal products in different prehistoric pottery traditions based on lipids preserved in surface and absorbed residues" in Journal of Archaeological Science, 26(12), 1999, pages 1473-1482. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX
  • Evershed, R. P. et al., "Interpreting lipid residues in archaeological ceramics: preliminary results from laboratory simulations of vessel use and burial" in Materials issues in art and archaeology IV : symposium held May 16-21, 1994, Cancun, Mexico by Vandiver, Pamela B, Materials Research Society, 1995, pages 85-95. Note: Available electronically. Please click on the SFX to access the article. [Held by Library] SFX
  • Evershed, R. P. et al, "Experimental approaches to the interpretation of absorbed organic residues in archaeological ceramics" in World archaeology, 40(1), 2008, pages 26-47. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX
  • Guerra-Doce, E., "Exploring the significance of beaker pottery through residue analyses" in Oxford journal of archaeology, 25(3), 2006, pages 247-259. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX
  • Heron, C. and Evershed, R. P., "The analysis of organic residues and the study of pottery use" in Archaeological method and theory, 5, University of Arizona Press, 1993, pages 247-284 [Held by Library] SFX
  • Kilikoglou, V. et al., "Mechanical performance of quartz-tempered ceramics: part 1, strength and toughness" in Archaeometry, 40(3), 1998, pages 261-279. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX
  • Lopez-Varela, S. L. et al., "De-mystifying pottery production in the Maya lowlands: detection of traces of use-wear on pottery sherds through microscope analysis and experimental replication" in Journal of Archaeological Science, 29(10), 2002, pages 1133-1147. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX
  • Pierce, C., "Reverse engineering the ceramic cooking pot: costs and performance properties of plain and textured vessels" in Journal of archaeological method and theory, 12, 2005, pages 117-157. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX
  • Schiffer, A. B. and Skibo, J. M., "The explanation of artifact variability" in American antiquity, 62(1), 1997, pages 27-50. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX
  • Schiffer, M. B., "The influence of surface treatment of heating effectiveness of ceramic vessels" in Journal of Archaeological Science, 17, 1990, pages 373-381. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX
  • Schiffer, M. B. et al., "New perspectives on experimental archaeology: surface treatments and thermal response of the clay cooking pot" in American antiquity, 59(2), 1994, pages 197-217. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX
  • Vekinis, G. and Kilikoglou, V., "Mechanical performance of quartz-tempered ceramics: part II, Hertzian strength, wear resistance and applications to ancient ceramics" in Archaeometry, 40(2), 1998, pages 281-292. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX

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Lecture 9:
Analytical techniques for identifying the temperature and atmosphere of the original firing of ceramics and for dating of ceramic material, a consideration of other changes to fabric composition in the burial environment

Essential reading

  • Livingstone-Smith, A., "Bonfire II: the return of pottery firing temperatures" in Journal of Archaeological Science, 28, 2001, pages 991-1003. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX

Readings for the practical: argillaceous inclusions (mixed clays, clay pellets and grog)

  • Aitken, M. J., "Luminescence dating: a guide for non-specialists" in Archaeometry, 31(2), 1989, pages 147-159. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX
  • Barnett, S. M., "Luminescence dating pottery from later prehistoric Britain" in Archaeometry, 42(2), 2000, pages 431-457. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX
  • Berstan, R. et al, "Direct dating of pottery from its organic residues: new precision using compound-specific carbon isotopes" in Antiquity by Crawford, Osbert Guy Stanhope, 83(317), 2008, pages 702-713. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX
  • Buxeda i Garrigos, J., "Alteration and contamination of archaeological ceramics: the perturbation problem" in Journal of Archaeological Science, 26, 1999, pages 295-313. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX
  • Cau Ontiveros, M. A. et al, "Secondary calcite in archaeological ceramics: evaluation of alteration and contamination processes by thin section study" in Modern trends in scientific studies on ancient ceramics : papers presented at the 5th European Meeting on Ancient Ceramics, Athens 1999 by Kilikoglou, V, Archaeopress, 2002, pages 9-18. Note: Available electronically. Please click on the SFX to access the article. [Held by Library] SFX
  • Eighmy, Jeffrey L, "Archaeomagnetic dating: practical problems for the archaeologist" in Archaeomagnetic dating by Eighmy, Jeffrey L, Sternberg, Robert Saul, University of Arizona Press, 1990 [Held by Library] SFX
  • Franklin, U. M. and Hancock, R. G. V., "The influence of post-burial conditions on trace element composition of ancient sherds" in ArcheoSciences : revue d'archéométrie, 3, 1980, pages 111-119 [Held by Library] SFX
  • Johnson, J. S. et al, "Effects of firing temperature on the fate of naturally occurring organic matter in clays" in Journal of Archaeological Science, 15, 1988, pages 403-414. Note: Use the SFX link to download the pdf of the electronic journal article [Held by Library] SFX
  • Tite, M. S., "Firing temperature determinations - how and why?" in The aim of laboratory analyses of ceramics in archaeology, April 7-9, 1995 in Lund, Sweden by Lindahl, Anders, Stilborg, Ole, Hulthén, Birgitta, Kungl. Vitterhets historie och antikvitets akademien, 1995, pages 37-42 [Held by Library] SFX

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Lecture 10:
Student presentations of projects/essays

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