15 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: This module introduces students to the methodology and application of microscopic analysis to the study of archaeological ceramics. The course consists of lectures and practical classes designed to lead students through the principles of polarising light microscopy, optical mineralogy and petrology. By the use of case studies and comparative materials, students are then introduced to the application of these earth science approaches to the interpretation of technology and provenance of ceramics. Upon completion of the course, participants should have attained a basic level of understanding of the microscopic composition of ceramics and be able to tackle assemblages in a structured scientific manner. This module is a necessary prerequisite for dissertations in ceramic analysis.

Staff Contact: Dr Peter Day
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Laboratory work, Independent Study
Assessment: Lab work

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