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The study of pottery has become increasingly important over the past century, providing the archaeologist with information on many aspects of the past, including chronology, trade and technology. Recent scientific developments and statistical techniques have further contributed to this analysis of pottery. Pottery in Archaeology covers information obtained from over fifty years practical experience in the field and the latest research. The book will be essential reading for students, field archaeologists and anyone interested in working with pottery.Read more
- A unique combination of over fifty years' practical experience and the latest research in the study of pottery from archaeological excavations
- A book which should be of interest to archaeologists in the field as well as undergraduates and amateur archaeologists
- Clive Orton is a Press author already with a considerable reputation among colleagues for thorough analysis and accessible writing style
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"Pottery in Archaeology covers a wide range of traditional and contemporary topics. In the process, it draws illustrative examples--photographs, line drawings and charts--from European and classical archaeology. The Appendix contains a number of useful tables....There is an extensive and up-to-date bibliography....I find this an attractive, well-organized, authoritative book....I gladly recommend it." Martha A. Latta, Canadian Journal of ArchaeologySee more reviews
"Few will find this dry reading. The style is lively, often amusing, and should appeal to students....The subject becomes an interesting and valuable part of archaeological materials science and a fundamental part of archaeology." Times Higher Education Supplement
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- Date Published: June 1993
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521445979
- length: 287 pages
- dimensions: 247 x 176 x 17 mm
- weight: 0.597kg
- contains: 66 b/w illus. 8 tables
- availability: Unavailable - out of print January 2013
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
8. Pottery archives
Part III. Themes in Ceramic Studies:
10. Making pottery
11. Pottery fabrics
15. Production and distribution
16. Pottery and function
17, Assemblages and sites.
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