CERAMIC PETROLOGY

The purpose of this page is to supply a reference location for information dealing with the interaction of archaeology and geology - specifically ceramic petrology. The page is organized with a series of links to references and topical areas - many of which are in a continual state of construction. Suggestions and additional references or links should be directed to me at the button at the bottom of this page.

Have fun - and remember - you cannot use chemical data to determine the provenance of an artifact without, at least, knowing it's mineral composition. On a final note, the annotations of the articles or techniques are based on my own interpretations and biases. If you have additional references (or websites) that will enhance this set of pages, please send them to me with the appropriate citations or location URL.

REFERENCES

Books

Peer-reviewed articles

Museum or technical articles (not peer reviewed)


CERAMIC PHOTOMICROGRAPHS

Occasionally I get queries about what I really see under the petrographic microscope when I investigate ceramics. So, in the interests of advancing the use of geologic techniques in ceramic investigations, I am going to place on the NET a number of photomicrographs taken from my BH-2 Olympus transmitted (and reflected) polarized light microscope. Please click on the arrow and it will take you to a page where several projects dealing with historic and prehistoric pottery will be displayed. Any questions, drop me an email at the hot link at the bottom of this page.

Have Fun!

THE AKLIS (U.S. Virgin Islands), STALLINGS (fibre-tempered), AND FT. BRAGG (Woodland period) CERAMIC PHOTOMICROGRAPHS UP AND RUNNING

Photomicrographs (various projects)

 


PETROLOGY (OR PETROGRAPHIC TOPICS) LINKS

Schools and Departments

University of Georgia - Athens

The Department of Geology offers M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Archaeological Geology (includes interdisciplinary programs). UG-Athens also has the Center for Archaeological Sciences, a multidisciplinary program which includes paleoanthropology and zooarchaeology.

University of Pittsburgh

The Department of Geology and Planetary Sciences interacts with the Department of Anthropology to offer M.S. and Ph.D. programs in geoarchaeology. They also have a cultural resource program for pursuing contract archaeology projects in the eastern United States.

University of Florida - Gainesville

The Department of Anthropology at UF - Gainesville has a varied faculty in archeology and anthropology and is affiliated with the Florida Museum of Natural History. They offer undergraduate and graduate programs in a variety of biological, cultural and ethnological anthropology as well as the whole gamut of archaeological interest areas.

more to come

ARCHAEOLOGY (MAINLY CERAMICS AND STONE RELATED) LINKS

Ceramic Petrology Group

The Prehistoric Ceramics Research Group (PCRG) is associated with the Ceramic Petrology Group (British Museum). They publish (by subscription), a joint newsletter called the "Old Potter's Almanack" - a monthly research, bibliography, news and views publication. If interested in obtaining a subscription, contact Andrew Middleton at amiddleton@british-museum.ac.uk or use the link to connect with their website which contains links and information.

The Later Prehistoric Pottery Collections Register and Bibliography for England: A Gazetteer

This NETsite (at the University of Southampton, Department of Archaeology) is a great example of how a database for assessing and compiling ceramic (and other information) can be done. Not complete yet, but it will eventually cover pottery from the Late Bronze Age to the Late Iron Age in England.

Internet Archaeology - The Electronic Journal

This is a peer-reviewed INTERNET e-journal which has some interesting articles.

more to come

McNutt01


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