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Chemical and mineralogical alteration of ceramics from a Late Bronze Age kiln at Kommos, Crete: the effect on the formation of a reference group
Buxeda i Garrigós, Jaume; Kilikoglou, V.; Day, P. M.
Universitat de Barcelona
The formation of reference groups comprises an important procedure in chemical provenance studies of archaeological pottery. Material from ancient kilns is thought to be especially suitable for reference groups, as it comprises a definite unit of past production. Pottery from the Late Minoan IA kiln excavated at Kommos, Crete was analysed in order to produce a reference group in this important area of Minoan ceramic production. The samples were characterized by a combination of techniques providing information on the chemistry, mineralogy and microstructure of the ceramic body. Initially, the study was unable to establish, in a straightforward manner, a chemical reference group. Different ceramic pastes and a range of selective alterations and contaminations, affected by variable firing temperatures and burial environment, were shown to be responsible for the compositional variability. Procedures are described to compensate for such alterations and the perturbations in the data that they produce.
Ceràmica grega
Química arqueològica
Edat del bronze
Kommos (Grècia : Jaciment arqueològic)
Greek pottery
Archaeological chemistry
Bronze age
Kommos Site (Greece)
(c) University of Oxford, 2001
Oxford University, Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art.

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