Scientific analysis of ancient ceramic materials is a core topic in archaeological studies. This book provides a concise introduction into the critical aspects of analytical pottery studies and demonstrates their significance with four detailed case studies. Integrated geoscientific analytical methodologies, such as XRF, ICP-MS, XRD, SEM, EPMA and RS, have the potential to resolve difficult archaeometric research questions.
An in-depth knowledge of the bulk and mineral chemistry, as well as the microstructural and micromorphological sherd attributes, together with geological and palaeozoological observations, provides evidence for establishing the raw-materials, preparation techniques, firing procedure and post-depositional alteration. Details about provenance and technology of ancient ceramics can, consequently, be better constrained.
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