Insight from Innovation: New Light on Archaeological Ceramics [Hardback]

Emilie Sibbesson (Editor); Ben Jervis (Editor); Sarah Coxon (Editor)

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ISBN: 9780992633646 | Published by: The Highfield Press | Year of Publication: 2016 | Language: English 220p, H234 x W153 (mm)




Insight from Innovation

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This collection of papers is presented in honour of Professor David Peacock’s many and lasting contributions to archaeological ceramic studies. Building on Professor Peacock’s legacy of inventive approaches, the volume contains some of the most exciting developments currently taking place within archaeological ceramic studies, including cutting-edge provenanceing techniques, computer-aided visualisations, and contemporary craft and design perspectives. Pottery is approached not as an end to itself but as a vehicle for addressing a wide range of archaeological questions, and the papers thereby demonstrate that ceramic studies represent one of the frontiers in modern-day archaeology. Developing new techniques and finding new uses for old ones open up avenues for research which will enrich our understanding of past societies across the world and through all periods. The volume closes with two thought-provoking papers; one from a ceramic artist and the other reflecting upon the role of ceramic studies in the various sectors of contemporary archaeological practice.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations.......................................................................................................vii
List of tables...................................................................................................................xi
Contributors..................................................................................................................xii
Foreword by Simon Keay..........................................................................................xvi
David Peacock 1939-2015 by Michael Fulford........................................................xx
Editors’ Introduction.................................................................................................xxx
Chapter 1.   Context is Everything: Early Pottery, Hunter-Gatherers....................1
and the Interpretation of Technological Choices in Eastern
Siberia
Peter M. Hommel, Peter M. Day, Peter Jordan and Viktor M. Vetrov
Chapter 2.   The Social Life of Clay: A Metaphysical Characterisation...............19
of Ceramics through Petrographic Analysis
Imogen Wood
Chapter 3.   Revealing Complexity: The Sourcing of Early Neolithic.................42
Ceramics in South-West Britain
Henrietta Quinnell and Roger Taylor
Chapter 4.   Phytolith Analysis of Ceramic Thin-Sections. First..........................57
Taphonomical Insights from Experiments with Vegetal
Tempering
Ákos Pető and Luc Vrydaghs
Chapter 5.   Taking the Rough with the Smooth: Using Automated...................74
SEM-EDS to Integrate Coarse and Fine Ceramic Assemblages
in the Bronze Age Aegean
Jill Hilditch, Duncan Pirrie, Carl Knappett, Nicoletta Momigliano and
Gavyn Rollinson
Chapter 6.   Visualisation, Quantitative Mineralogy and Matrix-..........................97
Inclusion Separation of Pottery using QEMSCAN: Examples
of Medieval and Post-Medieval Pottery from Somerset
Jens Andersen, Gavyn Rollinson and David Dawson
Chapter 7.   Non-Destructive Analysis of Samian Ware from Scottish............118
Military Sites
Richard Jones and Louisa Campbell
Chapter 8.   Fired Fingers: Investigating Pottery Production through..............137
Finger Imprints
Yvonne de Rue
Chapter 9.   Same but Different: Revisiting Ceramic Variation..........................152
Sarah Coxon
Chapter 10.  A Picture Says a Thousand Words? Decoration, Effect................170
and Medieval Pottery
Ben Jervis
Chapter 11.  Experiencing Lustre: Polynomial Texture Mapping of..................186
Medieval Pottery at The Fitzwilliam Museum
Rebecca Bridgman and Graeme Earl
Chapter 12.  Vessel Volumes and Visualisation: Innovative Computer.............199
Applications for Ceramicists
Matt Brudenell, Vicki Herring and Donald Horne
Chapter 13.  Pots and Pies: Adventures into the Archaeology............................221
of Eating Habits in Byzantium
Joanita Vroom
Chapter 14.  The Resonance of Gabbroic Clay in Contemporary.....................245
Ceramic Works
Helen Marton
Chapter 15.  ‘Hold Your Beliefs Lightly’:  Innovation and Best Practice..........253
in Prehistoric, Roman and Post-Roman Ceramic Studies
in Britain
Jane Evans, Duncan Brown and David Knight
Index............................................................................................................................270

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