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Scientific Preparations of Archaeological Ceramics Status, Value and Long Term Future

Quinn, PS; (2018) Scientific Preparations of Archaeological Ceramics Status, Value and Long Term Future. Journal of Archaeological Science , 91 pp. 43-51. 10.1016/j.jas.2018.01.001. Green open access

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Abstract

Thin sections, resin blocks, pressed pellets, fused beads, milled powders, solutions and digested residues are several key sample formats used in the invasive scientific analysis of ancient ceramics. They are crucial tools that enable researchers to characterise the mineralogical, geochemical, molecular and microstructural composition of pottery and other ceramic artefacts, in order to interpret their raw materials, manufacturing technology, production locations and functions. Despite the importance of such preparations, key issues about their status, such as whether they are still artefacts or not, who owns them and where they should reside after analysis, are rarely addressed in the archaeological or archaeometric literature. These questions have implications for the long-term future of thin sections, resin blocks and other sample formats, as well as their accessibility for future research. The present paper highlights the above problem and assess the roles, perspectives and needs of ceramic analysts, field archaeologists, commercial units, curators, policy makers, professional bodies, special interest groups and funding agencies. Finally, guidelines are put forward that can be taken into account when deciding on the value and research potential of scientific specimens of archaeological ceramics, as well as strategies for their curation.

Type: Article
Title: Scientific Preparations of Archaeological Ceramics Status, Value and Long Term Future
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2018.01.001
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2018.01.001
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Ceramic compositional analysis, Scientific preparations, Reference library, Curation, Archive
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10038761
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