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Analytical Drawing  

Prabodh Shirvalkar

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Dec 2016
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Jan 2017
Analytical techniques and research methodologies for archaeological ceramic analysis have changed drastically over time; however, the way we record and represent ceramics graphically has ... More

Art and Environment: How Can Rock Art Inform on Past Environments?  

George Nash

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Jan 2019
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Jun 2017
When telling stories through rock art, the artist formed an intimate relationship with the audience through the act of conveying such stories. Ethnographic evidence in many parts of the ... More

Assessing Vessel Function by Organic Residue Analysis  

Hans Barnard and Jelmer W. Eerkens

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Dec 2016
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Jan 2017
Organic residues can be defined as the carbon-based remains of plants, animals or humans, either in their original or a decomposed state. Biomolecules that can indicate the source of such ... More

Ceramic Micropalaeontology  

Ian Wilkinson, Patrick Quinn, Mark Williams, Jeremy Taylor, and Ian Whitbread

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Dec 2016
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Jan 2017
Microfossils found in archaeological ceramics include representatives of kingdoms Fungi, Protista, Plantae, and Animalia and are composed of calcite, silica, or resistant organic compounds ... More

Characterizing Rock Art Pigments  

Emilie Chalmin and Jillian Huntley

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Jan 2019
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Nov 2017
The materials used to make rock art contain important evidence about the cultural practices of the people who created it: their technologies, movements, and social interactions. The number ... More

Current Questions and New Directions in Archaeological Obsidian Studies  

Carolyn Dillian

This article discusses the current status of archaeological obsidian studies, including techniques used in characterization and sourcing studies, obsidian hydration, and regional syntheses. ... More

Designing Rigorous Research: Integrating Science and Archaeology  

Jaume Buxeda I Garrigós and Marisol Madrid i Fernandez

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Dec 2016
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Jan 2017
This chapter discusses the differences between archaeometric research problems, addressed to the advancement of the discipline, and the application of archaeometric routine problems in ... More

Direct Dating Methods  

Sophie Blain and Christopher Hall

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Dec 2016
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Jan 2017
Many important anthropological questions require the researcher to determine the date of the artifacts and features under consideration. Archaeological ceramics are often used to date ... More

Electron Microprobe Analysis (EMPA)  

Corina Ionescu and Volker Höck

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Dec 2016
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Jan 2017
Electron microprobe analysis (EMPA) provides information on the chemical composition of minerals and their relationships in archaeological ceramics by utilizing a narrow electron beam to ... More

Evaluating Data: Uncertainty in Ceramic Analysis  

Roberto Hazenfratz Marks

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Dec 2016
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Jan 2017
Evaluating uncertainties in experimental results is an indispensable task since it can affect the statistical treatment and interpretation of data. This chapter focuses on the possible ... More

Experimental Firing and Re-firing  

Malgorzata Daszkiewicz and Lara Maritan

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Dec 2016
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Jan 2017
Ceramics are by definition inorganic non-metallic materials, formed from a powder and by firing converted to a permanent solid mass. Firing is thus a sine qua non for the creation of a ... More

Fabric Description of Archaeological Ceramics  

Ian Whitbread

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Dec 2016
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Jan 2017
Fabric description is fundamental to the characterization, technological analysis and provenance determination of archaeological ceramics. It encompasses description of the arrangement, ... More

Formal Typology of Iberian Ceramic Vessels by Morphometric Analysis  

Ana Martinez-Carrillo and Juan Barcelo

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Dec 2016
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Jan 2017
In this chapter a formal typology of Iberian vessels is proposed. The ceramic material comes from different archaeological settlements located in the provinces of Jaén, Granada, and Córdoba ... More

Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FT-IR) in Archaeological Ceramic Analysis  

Shlomo Shoval

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Dec 2016
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Jan 2017
The chapter reviews the use of Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FT-IR) in study of ancient pottery and its applications to archaeology. FT-IR is a powerful technique for assessing ... More

Handheld Portable Energy-Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometry (pXRF)  

Elisabeth Holmqvist

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Dec 2016
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Jan 2017
Handheld portable energy-dispersive X-ray fluorescence (pXRF) spectrometry is used for non-destructive chemical characterization of archaeological ceramics. Portable XRF can provide ... More

Historic Molecules Connect the Past to Modern Conservation  

Ashley N. Coutu

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Jan 2019
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Dec 2015
This chapter explores the use of isotope analysis to bridge the knowledge gap between contemporary wildlife conservation management and the ecology of the African elephant in its historic ... More

History of Scientific Research  

M. S. Tite

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Dec 2016
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Jan 2017
This chapter investigates the history of scientific research in the field of archaeological ceramics. The primary aim of this research is the investigation of the overall life-cycle of ... More

Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) and Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS)  

Mark Golitko and Laure Dussubieux

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Dec 2016
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Jan 2017
Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) is a versatile technique capable of measuring nearly every element on the Periodic Table down to extremely low concentrations. Using ... More

Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) in the Study of Archaeological Ceramics  

Leah D. Minc and Johannes Sterba

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Dec 2016
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Jan 2017
Instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) is one of the most widely used analytical methods for bulk chemical characterization of ceramic pastes, owing to its relatively simple sample ... More

Introduction to the Oxford Handbook of Archaeological Ceramic Analysis  

Alice Hunt

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Dec 2016
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Jan 2017
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 ... More

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