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date: 08 March 2021

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This chapter outlines the theory, instrumentation, experimental logistics, and body of research associated with the synchrotron radiation (SR)-based analysis of archaeological pottery: the use of accelerated particle energies, dominantly hard X-ray beams, to investigate a wide variety of pottery features, traditions, and technologies. Attention is paid to the wide variety of techniques employed in this highly flexible and emerging sub-field, while also contextualizing those efforts within the broader arc of pottery analysis in archaeology. While much SR-based research to date has focused on surface structures such as paints, slips, and glosses, the non-destructivity of the approach and its high speed of data collection suggest that other pottery features may also provide productive analytical terrain.

Keywords: synchrotron radiation, accelerated particle energies, pottery, X-ray, brilliance, non-destructivity, surface structures

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