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date: 26 June 2022

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“Provenance studies” of pottery usually involve chemical or petrographic analyses of archaeological sherds and statistical procedures of classification and attribution. However, it is considered here that the main role of the archaeological scientist lies upstream and downstream: in the design of a comprehensive sampling, and in the interpretation of analytical data. Both request a close collaboration with the archaeological partners. This chapter reminds some fundamental concepts connecting analytical data to pottery production and workshops. It considers typical case studies (site, workshop or type levels) and introduces factors taken into account in the interpretation scheme. It aims at providing ceramologists and archaeological scientists with initial methodological and practical guidelines when carrying out “provenance studies.”

Keywords: provenance studies, methodological guidelines, pottery production, chemical analyses, statistical procedures, sampling, interpretation of analytical data

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