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Calcareous microfossils in Bronze Age Aegean ceramics: Illuminating technology and provenance

Quinn, PS; Day, PM; (2007) Calcareous microfossils in Bronze Age Aegean ceramics: Illuminating technology and provenance. Archaeometry , 49 (4) pp. 775-793. 10.1111/j.1475-4754.2007.00335.x.

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Abstract

The calcareous skeletal remains of various microscopic organisms such as foraminifera and ostracods are a striking feature of thin sections of many archaeological ceramics from the Aegean Bronze Age. While the presence of these calcareous microfossils in pottery has been noted for some time, attempts to utilize them to further the aims of ceramic compositional analysis have been few in number. In the following paper, we take a first detailed look at the occurrence and utility of calcareous microfossils in archaeological ceramics. By presenting selected case studies from the Bronze Age of Crete, we demonstrate the potential of calcareous microfossils, especially the extremely small 'nannofossils' and the highly contextual geological information that they contain, in terms of the characterization and grouping of ceramics, the determination of their provenance and the reconstruction of ancient technology. © University of Oxford, 2007.

Type: Article
Title: Calcareous microfossils in Bronze Age Aegean ceramics: Illuminating technology and provenance
DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4754.2007.00335.x
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
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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/1357906
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