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Pottery in Archaeology

2nd Edition


Part of Cambridge Manuals in Archaeology

  • Date Published: June 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107401303

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  • This revised edition provides an up-to-date account of the many different kinds of information that can be obtained through the archaeological study of pottery. It describes the scientific and quantitative techniques that are now available to the archaeologist, and assesses their value for answering a range of archaeological questions. It provides a manual for the basic handling and archiving of excavated pottery so that it can be used as a basis for further studies. The whole is set in the historical context of the ways in which archaeologists have sought to gain evidence from pottery and continue to do so. There are case studies of several approaches and techniques, backed up by an extensive bibliography.

    • Provides an up-to-date manual for the archaeological study of pottery, accessible to both specialists and non-specialists
    • Describes techniques and analysis which are applicable to the study of pottery of any period or region
    • Gives practical advice within a theoretical framework
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… 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.' Antiquity

    '… the organization of a volume of this scope is a daunting task. Readers can pick and mix relevant chapters. Allowing such flexibility in use without losing consistency is probably Pottery in Archaeology's biggest feat. In its second edition, [it] is still one of the most accessible and authoritative pottery manuals [and] will be of interest to any scholar of the Roman period who finds herself faced with a table of potsherds or … [trying] to get to grips with the value of pottery evidence.' Astrid Van Oyen, The Journal of Roman Studies

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: June 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107401303
    • length: 362 pages
    • dimensions: 251 x 178 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.77kg
    • contains: 58 b/w illus. 3 maps 9 tables
    • availability: Available
  • 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. Archaeology by experiment
    12. Craft specialisation and standardisation of production
    13. Pottery fabrics
    14. Form
    15. Quantification
    16. Chronology
    17. Production and distribution
    18. Pottery and function
    19. Assemblages and sites
    Conclusion: the future of pottery studies.

  • Authors

    Clive Orton, University College London
    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 the 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, British Museum, London
    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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