Pottery in Archaeology / Edition 1

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The study of pottery in archaeology has become increasingly important over the last century, providing the archaeologist with information on many aspects of the past, including chronology, trade and technology. In recent years, scientific developments and statistical techniques have contributed still further to the analysis of pottery. 'Pottery in archaeology' covers information obtained from over fifty years' practical experience in the field and the latest research. As well as detailing the routine, but essential, tasks of handling pottery, the book examines the most recent research into the quantitative study and comparison of ceramic assemblages. This will be essential reading for students, field archaeologists and for anyone interested in working with pottery.
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"… its aspiration [is] to enthuse and inspire … Remarkably, and despite the great breadth of its content, it does both of these things and should entice hordes into the pot shed and keep them effectively employed there. This is how textbooks should be written."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521445979
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1993
  • Series: Cambridge Manuals in Archaeology Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 287
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Clive Orton is Emeritus Professor of Quantitative Archaeology at the University College London Institute of Archaeology. He has won the London and Middlesex Archaeological Society Ralph Merrifield Award for service to London Archaeology and the British Archaeological Awards Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a member of the Archaeology Data Service Management Committee, a member of the advisory board for Journal of Quantitative Archaeology, the editor of London Archaeologist, a member of the editorial board for Archaeologia e Calcolatori, chairman of Southwark and Lambeth Archaeological Excavation Committee and chair of Gresham Ship Steering Committee. His most recent books include The Pottery from Medieval Novgorod and its Region (2006) and Sampling in Archaeology (2000).

Michael Hughes was Principal Scientific Officer at The British Museum, Department of Conservation and Scientific Research and Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science and Bioscience at the University of East London. His work has been published in Archaeometry, the Journal of Archaeological Science, Studies in Conservation, Medieval Archaeology, Medieval Ceramics and the Oxford Journal of Archaeology, among others.

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Table of Contents

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Pt. I History and Potential 1
1 History of Pottery Studies 3
2 The Potential of Pottery as Archaeological Evidence 23
Pt. II Practicalities: A Guide to Pottery Processing and Recording 37
3 Integration With Research Designs 39
4 Life in the Pot Shed 44
5 Fabric Analysis 67
6 Classification of Form and Decoration 76
7 Illustration 87
8 Pottery Archives 98
9 Publication 105
Pt. III Themes in Ceramic Studies 111
10 Making Pottery 113
11 Pottery Fabrics 132
12 Form 152
13 Quantification 166
14 Chronology 182
15 Production and Distribution 197
16 Assemblages and Sites 207
17 Pottery and Function 217
Appendix 231
Bibliography 243
Index 263
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