This module provides an introduction to archaeological ceramic materials analysis, covering material properties, methods of manufacture, raw material sourcing, and the analytical approaches archaeological scientists use to investigate them

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£TBC

Course structure

Lectures, exercises and practical sessions

What you will learn

On successful completion of the course you will be able to:

  • Evaluate state-of-art research in archaeological ceramic studies
  • Construct a critical stance regarding the design, analysis and interpretative framework regarding ceramic studies in an archaeological context
  • Critically assess the various relevant scientific techniques that are employed
  • Design methodological strategies and propose techniques to reconstruct ceramic technology
  • Create and produce a specific analysis of a ceramic assemblage and successfully formulate a reasoned and balanced interpretation


Core content

  • Ceramic technology
  • Material properties of ceramics
  • Clay raw materials and mineral resources
  • Qualitative and Quantitative research approaches
  • Analytical techniques: macroscopy, chemistry, mineralogy
  • Experimental design
  • Case studies

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