Pottery in Archaeology

Pottery in Archaeology

Paperback Cambridge Manuals in Archaeology (Paperback)

By (author) Clive Orton, By (author) Paul Tyers, By (author) Alan Vince

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  • Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 287 pages
  • Dimensions: 173mm x 244mm x 15mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 1 June 1993
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521445973
  • ISBN 13: 9780521445979
  • Illustrations note: 66 b/w illus. 8 tables
  • Sales rank: 291,527

Product description

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 of practical experience in the field combined with 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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'... a thorough account, full of commonsense and useful guidelines ... This manual is an excellent guide to pottery's track record and its potential for archaeological studies.' New Statesman and Society

Table of contents

Part I. History and Potential: 1. History of pottery studies; 2. The potential of pottery as archaeological evidence; Part II. Practicalities - A Guide to Pottery Processing and Recording: 3. Integration with research designs; 4. Life in the pot shed; 5. Fabric analysis; 6. Classification of form and decoration; 7. Illustration; 8. Pottery archives; 9. Publication; Part III. Themes in Ceramic Studies: 10. Making pottery; 11. Pottery fabrics; 12. Form; 13. Quantification; 14. Chronology; 15. Production and distribution; 16. Pottery and function; 17, Assemblages and sites.