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Volume 26, issue 2
J. Micropalaeontol., 26, 159–168, 2007
https://doi.org/10.1144/jm.26.2.159
© Author(s) 2007. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
J. Micropalaeontol., 26, 159–168, 2007
https://doi.org/10.1144/jm.26.2.159
© Author(s) 2007. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

  01 Oct 2007

01 Oct 2007

Ceramic micropalaeontology: the analysis of microfossils in ancient ceramics

Patrick S. Quinn and Peter M. Day Patrick S. Quinn and Peter M. Day
  • Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield, Northgate House, West Street, Sheffield S1 4ET, UK (e-mail: ; )

Keywords: archaeology, ancient ceramics, provenance, technology, applied micropalaeontology

Abstract. Microfossils can be a common component of ancient ceramic artefacts. Their analysis in this unusual context is a little-known, yet promising, cross-disciplinary application of micropalaeontology. This article presents the first detailed assessment of the phenomenon of microfossils in ancient ceramics and demonstrates how micropalaeontology can contribute to a range of issues in archaeological ceramic analysis and the reconstruction of the human past. In describing a methodology by which micropalaeontologists and archaeologists can analyse microfossiliferous ceramics, this paper presents the foundations of an approach, which is here referred to as ‘ceramic micropalaeontology’.

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