Clay Minerals and Ceramics

Part of the Natural Science in Archaeology book series (ARCHAEOLOGY)


The study of ceramics and the clays used to produce ancient earthenwares fill detailed and discursive publications in archaeology. Geoarchaeology chiefly concerns itself with those aspects of ceramics and clays wherein it can make the most pertinent contributions in geology, petrology, and mineralogy, to name the most obvious areas. As an aluminosilicate mineral, clay is practically ubiquitous. As a marine sediment, it floors the deepest portions of the world’s oceans (Thomsen 1877). Because of its geological commonplace, clay is the potter’s equivalent of ore for the metallurgist.


Clay Mineral Neutron Activation Analysis Firing Temperature Ceramic Body Detrital Mineral 
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