This workshop 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 optical microscopy, X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, X-ray fluorescence and scanning electron microscopy, as needed for the interpretation of pottery decorations.
At the end of the workshop, 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 pigments and decoration and the ability to design research projects that employ instrumental analyses to address archaeological questions.
Silvia Amicone is a research scientist at the University of Tübingen (CCA-BW) and Honorary Research Fellow at the archaeological institute of the University College London. Her research focuses on archaeomaterials, particularly on the analysis of pottery technology in contexts of intense socio-cultural innovation.
Dr. Christoph Berthold is the head of the Competence Center Archaeometry – Baden-Wuerttemberg (CCA-BW) at the Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen. His research covers a wider range of material science issues regarding ancient and modern materials and the development of analytical methods to study such objects.
Lars Heinze holds a doctorate in classical archaeology and is a lecturer at the Goethe University of Frankfurt. As part of the company ArchaeoConnect GmbH, Tübingen he is, among other things, currently responsible for artefact analyses. His work focuses on the cultural-historical study of Greek and Roman ceramic finds as well as their scientific investigation, especially with the help of portable X-ray fluorescence devices.
Frieder Lauxmann, M.Sc. is doctoral student at the Competence Center Archaeometry – Baden-Wuerttemberg (CCA-BW) at the Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen since 2018. In addition to the characterisation of inorganic materials, he is also working on the properties of additively manufactured plastics as part of his doctorate.
Dr. Eleni Aloupi Siotis is a Chemist and an Archaeological Scientist, but also an entrepreneur with a research interest in ancient knowledge transfer and manufacturing processes. She specialises in the analysis of ancient ceramic techniques and artefacts and their fully functional reproductions.
Dr. Giovanni Cavallo is a senior researcher and lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI). His research activities focus on historic and archaeological materials, including the technologies of production and provenance studies.
Dr. Lara Maritan is an associated professor in Georesources and minero-petrographic applications for the environment and cultural heritage at the Department of Geosciences, University of Padova. Her research activity mainly focused on the application of petrography to the study of cultural heritage materials, on experimental petrology with the aim to model firing processes of traditional ceramics and on microstructural and physical-mechanical analysis of modern bricks.
Dr. Ruth Siddall is a geologist who studies the mineralogy of cultural materials, pigments, stones, ceramics and cements in archaeological and contemporary contexts. Educated at the University of Birmingham and at University College London, she has conducted research into materiality in classical and medieval archaeological contexts and has recently held the post of Scientist in Residence at the Slade School of Fine Art working with contemporary fine artists. She is a co-author of “Pigment Compendium: A Dictionary and Optical Microscopy of Historic Pigments”.
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