This module offers a broad introduction to the technological study of pigments and decoration techniques in archaeological ceramics through a material science approach. It provides training in the principles of 3D video microscopy, Laser Scanning Microscopy (LSM), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) and Raman Spectroscopy, as needed for the interpretation of pottery decorations. At the end of the course, the participants will have a good understanding of the foundations of the most established archaeometric techniques employed in the study of different types of pottery pigments and decorations. In addition, they will acquire practical experience with these archaeometric techniques and their application to the study of pottery pigments and decoration and the ability to design research projects that employ instrumental analyses to address archaeological questions.
Silvia Amicone is research scientist at the University of Tübingen (CCA-BW) and Honorary Research Fellow at the archaeological institute of the UCL. Her research focuses on archaeomaterials, particularly on the analysis of pottery technology in contexts of intense socio-cultural innovation.
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