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Pottery analysis : a sourcebook

Pottery analysis : a sourcebook

Author: Prudence M Rice
Publisher: Chicago (Ill.) ; London : University of Chicago Press, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Second editionView all editions and formats
"Just as a single pot starts with a lump of clay, the study of a piece's history must start with an understanding of its raw materials. This principle is the foundation of Pottery Analysis, the acclaimed sourcebook that has become the indispensable guide for archaeologists and anthropologists worldwide. By grounding current research in the larger history of pottery and drawing together diverse approaches to the  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Prudence M Rice
ISBN: 9780226923208 0226923207 9780226923215 0226923215
OCLC Number: 927109488
Description: 1 vol. (XXXII-561 p.) : ill. en noir, plans, schémas. ; 27 cm.
Contents: Pottery and its history --
Clays : origin and definitions --
Plasticity : the clay/water system --
Non-clay constituents --
Drying and shrinkage --
Changes in clays with heat --
Glazes --
Manufacture --
Surface enhancements --
Firing --
Exchange and household provisioning --
Methods and theories --
Classifications --
Characterization --
Quantification and sampling collections --
Color --
Mineral and chemical composition --
Physical and mechanical stresses --
Thermal behavior --
Production I : location --
Production II : organization --
Production III : the products --
Archaeothermometry --
Style and social interaction --
Functions and forms --
The humility of things
Responsibility: Prudence M. Rice.


Presents a guide for archaeologists and anthropologists worldwide. This edition features archaeological and ethnographic study of pottery. It begins with a summary of the origins and history of  Read more...


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"Rice's excellent volume is a true sourcebook and will serve as the standard for many years to come." (American Scientist)

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