Special Issue "Frontiers of Archaeological Studies on Ancient Ceramics"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2021.
Interests: Pottery; Petrography; Archaeometry; Mineralogy; plasters; stones
Ceramic materials have been produced since prehistory according to specific modalities related to the cultural phase and the geographic region but, in all cases, exploiting georesources from the natural environment and, in some cases, also recycling second-life materials (both inorganic and organic). Disclosing the technological choices of past communities and societies, in terms of the selection of raw materials, production recipes, firing technology, and the identification of product exchanges between far-away regions, is the main scope of archaeometric analysis. Issues related to ceramic function (e.g., the type food they contained) and post-depositional alteration are also addressed in this type of research. In the last few decades, after more than one century from the first attempt to conduct archaeometric studies on ancient ceramics, the developments of modern techniques and micro-invasive and non-destructive methods, as well as the accessibility of large analytical facilities, have provided new instruments for the analysis of ancient ceramics.
This Special Issue invites papers and reviews dealing with petrographic, micro-structural, mineralogical, chemical, isotopic, and spectroscopic analysis with the aim of solving archaeological issues related to the provenance, production technology, dating, use, and alteration/conservation of ancient ceramic materials. Case studies using modern analytical techniques and new methodological approaches, as well as the results of laboratory reproductions and experiments, which contribute to better addressing archaeological issues, will be considered.
Prof. Dr. Lara Maritan
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