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H 245 x W 174 mm

466 pages

487 figures (colour throughout)

Published Jul 2022

Archaeopress Archaeology

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Paperback: 9781803272702

Digital: 9781803272719

DOI 10.32028/9781803272702

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Keywords
Ceramics; Pottery; Thin Section Petrography; Geochemistry; Scanning Electron Microscopy

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Using over 400 colour figures of a diverse range of artefact types and archaeological periods from 50 countries worldwide, this book outlines the mineralogical, chemical and microstructural composition of ancient ceramics and provides comprehensive guidelines for their scientific study within archaeology.

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Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to Archaeological Ceramics & Compositional Analysis ;
Archaeological Ceramics ;
Ceramic Compositional Analysis ;
Introduction to Thin Section Petrography ;
Further Reading ;

Chapter 2: Sampling, Preparation & Analysis of Ceramic Thin Sections ;
Introduction ;
Sampling ;
Thin Section Preparation ;
Analytical Equipment ;
Other Resources ;
Curation & Access to Thin Sections ;
Further Reading ;

Chapter 3: Composition of Archaeological Ceramics in Thin Section ;
Introduction ;
The Clay Matrix ;
Particulate Inclusions ;
Voids ;
Further Reading ;

Chapter 4: Classification & Characterisation of Archaeological Ceramics in Thin Section ;
Introduction ;
Visual Classification & Description ;
Quantitative Characterisation & Statistical Grouping ;
Macroscopic Fabric Analysis ;
Further Reading ;

Chapter 5: Petrographic Provenance Determination ;
Introduction ;
Geological Characterisation of Ceramic Raw Materials ;
Provenance Resolution ;
Geological Literature & Fieldwork ;
Quantitative Provenance Determination ;
Micropalaeontology ;
Interpreting Provenance Data ;
Further Reading ;

Chapter 6: Reconstructing Ancient Ceramic Technology in Thin Section ;
Introduction ;
Raw Material Selection & Procurement ;
Raw Material Processing & Paste Preparation ;
Forming Methods ;
Finishing ;
Drying ;
Firing ;
Ceramic Use & Function ;
Post-Depositional Alteration of Archaeological Ceramics ;
Further Reading ;

Chapter 7: Other Ceramic Materials in Thin Section ;
Introduction ;
Architectural Ceramics ;
Unfired Clay Structures ;
Refractory Ceramics ;
Other Ceramic Objects ;
Petrography of Cementitious Materials ;
Stoneware, Fritware, Porcelain & Faience ;
Further Reading ;

Chapter 8: Instrumental Geochemistry of Archaeological Ceramics ;
Introduction ;
The Chemical Composition of Ceramics ;
Equipment & Preparation ;
Quality Control ;
Descriptive Statistics ;
Choice of Elements ;
Normalisation, Standardisation & Transformation ;
Detecting Geochemical Patterning ;
Data Presentation ;
Reconciling Geochemical & Petrographic Data ;
Geochemical Provenance Interpretation ;
Geochemistry & Ceramic Technology ;
Further Reading ;

Chapter 9: Scanning Electron Microscopy & X-Ray Diffraction of Archaeological Ceramics ;
Introduction ;
Scanning Electron Microscopy ;
SEM Geochemical Characterisation ;
SEM Mineralogical Characterisation ;
SEM versus Thin Section Petrography & Bulk Geochemistry ;
X-Ray Diffraction Analysis of Ceramics ;
Further Reading