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Published 2010
Interpreting silent artefacts : petrographic approaches to archaeological ceramics /

: This volume presents a range of petrographic case studies as applied to archaeological problems, primarily in the field of pottery analysis, i.e. ceramic petrography. Petrographic analysis involves using polarising optical microscopy to examine microstructures and the compositions of rock and mineral inclusions in thin section, and has become a widely used technique within archaeological science. The results of these analyses are commonly embedded in regionally specific reports and research papers. In this volume, however, the analytical method takes centre stage and the common theme is its application in different archaeological contexts.
: Also issued in print: 2010. : 1 online resource (viii, 295 pages) : illustrations (black and white), maps (black and white) : Specialized. : Includes bibliographical references. : 9781789698091 (PDF ebook) :

Published 2013
Ceramic petrography : the interpretation of archaeological pottery & related artefacts in thin section /

: Thin section ceramic petrography is a versatile interdisciplinary analytical tool for the characterization and interpretation of archaeological pottery and related artefacts, including ceramic building materials, refractories and plaster. Using over 200 colour photomicrographs of thin sections from a diverse range of artefacts, archaeological periods and geographic regions, this book illustrates the spectrum of compositional and microstructural phenomena that occur within ancient ceramics under the micro-scope and provides comprehensive guidelines for their study within archaeology. The book is structured according to the main steps involved in the analysis and interpretation of archaeological ceramic thin sections, including classification, characterization, the determination of provenance and the reconstruction of manufacturing technology.
: Also issued in print: 2013. : 1 online resource (251 pages) : illustrations (black and white, and colour), maps (black and white) : Specialized. : Includes bibliographical references and index. : 9781789699425 (PDF ebook) :

Published 2019
Tracing pottery-making recipes in the prehistoric Balkans 6th-4th millennia BC /

: This is a collection of 12 chapters that capture the variety of current archaeological, ethnographic, experimental and scientific studies on Balkan prehistoric ceramic production, distribution and use. The Balkans is a culturally rich area at the present day as it was in the past. Pottery and other ceramics represent an ideal tool with which to examine this diversity and interpret its human and environmental origins. Consequently, Balkan ceramic studies is an emerging field within archaeology that serves as a testing ground for theories on topics such as technological know-how, innovation, craft tradition, cultural transmission, interaction, trade and exchange. This book brings together diverse studies by leading researchers and upcoming scholars on material from numerous Balkan countries and chronological periods that tackle these and other topics.
: 1 online resource (xii, 182 pages) : illustrations (black and white). : Specialized. : Includes bibliographical references. : 9781789692099 (PDF ebook) :

Published 2022
Thin section petrography, geochemistry & scanning electron microscopy of archaeological ceramics /

: Thin section petrography, geochemistry, scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction are key scientific methods used to investigate the raw materials, origins and production technology of archaeological pottery, ceramic building materials, ancient refractories and plaster. 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. The core of the book is dedicated to the versatile approach of ceramic petrography. This is complimented by a detailed account of the principles of bulk instrumental geochemistry, as well as the SEM microanalysis and XRD characterisation of ceramics.
: Also issued in print: 2022. : 1 online resource (466 pages) : illustrations (black and white, and colour) : Specialized. : Includes bibliographical references. : 9781803272719 (PDF ebook) :