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Another One Bites The Dust: Quality Control And Firing Technology In The Production Of Medieval Greyware Ceramics In Catalonia, Spain

Trave Allepuz, E; Quinn, PS; Alvaro Rueda, K; (2019) Another One Bites The Dust: Quality Control And Firing Technology In The Production Of Medieval Greyware Ceramics In Catalonia, Spain. Archaeometry , 61 (6) pp. 1280-1295. 10.1111/arcm.12495. Green open access

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Abstract

The following study sheds new light on the quality control procedures of ancient potters by comparing cooking vessels exported from the medieval kiln‐site of Cabrera d'Anoia (Barcelona) with ‘wasters’ that were discarded at source. The firing temperature of examined sherds indicates that only pots subjected to a maximum temperature of 800–850°C were offered for sale. The potters at Cabrera d'Anoia appear to have been fully aware of the optimal balance between thermal and physical shock resistance of vessels fired within this range and strived to control firing in order to achieve better products than that of competing workshops.

Type: Article
Title: Another One Bites The Dust: Quality Control And Firing Technology In The Production Of Medieval Greyware Ceramics In Catalonia, Spain
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/arcm.12495
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/arcm.12495
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: Quality control, pottery wasters, cooking wares, firing, X-ray diffraction, Medieval Catalonia
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10080357
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