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date: 30 November 2020

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Ceramic is one of the most complex and ubiquitous archaeomaterials: occurring around the world at pre-historic through industrial sites and used to fashion everything from residences and technological installations to utilitarian wares and decorative/votive figurines. It is not simply the range of cultures and functions ceramics serve but the diversity in materials and manufacture technology that makes archaeological ceramic analysis as challenging as it is essential. In this volume, we address the socio-cultural, geochemical, and mineralogical complexity inherent in archaeological ceramic analysis and provide insight into the uncertainties by providing concrete guidelines for designing rigorous research strategies and developing sophisticated and answerable anthropological research questions.

Keywords: ceramic, archaeomaterials, utilitarian wares, figurines, socio-cultural complexity, geochemical complexity, mineralogical complexity

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