The Oxford Handbook of Archaeological Ceramic Analysis

Hardcover | December 10, 2016

EditorAlice M. W Hunt

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The Oxford Handbook of Archaeological Ceramic Analysis draws together topics and methodologies essential for the socio-cultural, mineralogical, and geochemical analysis of archaeological ceramic. Ceramic is one of the most complex and ubiquitous archaeomaterials in the archaeological record:it occurs around the world and through time in almost every culture and context, from building materials and technological installations to utilitarian wares and votive figurines. For more than 100 years, archaeologists have used ceramic analysis to answer complex questions about economy,subsistence, technological innovation, social organization, and dating. The volume is structured around the themes "Research design and data analysis", "Foundational concepts", "Evaluating ceramic provenance", "Investigating ceramic manufacture", "Assessing vessel function", and "Dating ceramic assemblages". It provides a common vocabulary and offers practical tools andguidelines for ceramic analysis using techniques and methodologies ranging from network analysis and typology to rehydroxylation dating and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. Each chapter provides the theoretical background and practical guidelines, such as cost and destructiveness ofanalysis, for each technique, as well as detailed case studies illustrating the application and interpretation of analytical data for answering anthropological questions.

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The Oxford Handbook of Archaeological Ceramic Analysis draws together topics and methodologies essential for the socio-cultural, mineralogical, and geochemical analysis of archaeological ceramic. Ceramic is one of the most complex and ubiquitous archaeomaterials in the archaeological record:it occurs around the world and through time i...

Alice M. W. Hunt is an Assistant Research Scientist at the Center for Applied Isotope Studies, University of Georgia. Her PhD in Archaeological Materials Analysis (2012, UCL Institute of Archaeology) developed cathodoluminescence spectrometry of quartz as a method for differentiating raw material sources in fine-grained ceramics. Curre...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:768 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.01 inPublished:December 10, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. Alice M. W. Hunt: Introduction to the Oxford Handbook of Archaeological Ceramic Analysis2. M.S. Tite: History of Scientific ResearchResearch Design and Data Analysi3. Jaume Buxeda i Garrigos and Marisol Madrid i Fernandez: Designing Rigorous Research: Integrating Science and Archaeology4. Roberto Hazenfratz Marks: Evaluating Data: Uncertainty in Ceramic Analysis5. Gulsebnem Bishop: Statistical Modelling for Ceramic Analysis6. Matthew Boulanger: Data Recycling: Working with Published and Unpublished Ceramic Compositional DataFoundational Concepts7. Giuseppe Montana: Ceramic Raw Materials8. Valentine Roux: Ceramic Manufacture: The Chaine Operatoire Approach9. Kim Duistermaat: The Organization of Pottery Production: Towards a Relational Approach10. Yona Waksman: 'Provenance' Studies: Productions and Compositional Groups11. Gerwulf Schneider: Mineralogical and Chemical Alteration12. Daniel Albero Santacreu, Manuel Calvo Trias, and Jaume Garcia Rossello: Formal Analysis and Typological Classification in the Study of Ancient Pottery13. Ian Whitbread: Fabric Description of Archaeological Ceramics14. Prabodh Shirvalker: Analytical DrawingEvaluating Ceramic Provenance15. Dennis Braekmans and Patrick Degryse: Petrography: Optical Microscopy16. Ian Wilkinson, Patrick Quinn, Mark Williams, Jeremy Taylor, and Ian Whitbread: Ceramic Micropalaeontology17. Corina Ionescu and Volker Hock: Electron Probe Microanalysis (EPMA)18. Bettina Wiegand: Isotope Analysis19. Robert B. Heimann: X-ray Powder Diffraction (XRD)20. Mark Hall: X-ray Fluorescence-Energy Dispersive (ED-XRF) and Wavelength Dispersive (WD-XRF) Spectrometry21. Elisabeth Holmqvist: Handheld Portable Energy-Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry (pXRF)22. Marcia Rizzutto and Manfredo Tabacniks: Proton Induced X-ray Emission (PIXE) and its Applications for Ceramic Analysis23. Mark Golitko and Laure Dussubieux: Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) and Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS)24. Leah D. Minc and Johannes H. Sterba: Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) in the Study of Archaeological Ceramics25. Alan F. Greene: Synchrotron RadiationInvestigating Ceramic Manufacture26. Kent Fowler: Ethnography27. Malgorzata Daszkiewicz and Lara Maritan: Experimental Firing and Re-firing28. Shlomo Shoval: Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FT-IR) in Archaeological Ceramic Analysis29. Jolien Van Pevenage and Peter Vandenabeele: Raman Spectroscopy and the Study of Ceramic Manufacture: Possibilities, Results, and Challenges30. Ina Berg and Janet Ambers: X-radiography of Archaeological Ceramics31. Marta Mariotti Lippi and Pasquino Pallecchi: Organic InclusionsAssessing Vessel Function32. Ana L. Martinez-Carillo and Juan Antonio Barcelo: Formal Typology of Iberian Ceramic Vesels by Morphometric Analysis33. Noemi Suzanne Muller: Mechanical and Thermal Properties34. Hans Barnard and Jelmer W. Eerkens: Assessing Vessel Function by Organic Residue AnalysisDating Ceramic Assemblages35. Eugenio Bortolini: Typology and Classification36. Sophie Blain and Christopher Hall: Direct Dating Methods