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Ceramic micropalaeontology: the analysis of microfossils in ancient ceramics

Quinn, Patrick and Day, Peter (2007) Ceramic micropalaeontology: the analysis of microfossils in ancient ceramics. Journal of Micropalaeontology, 26. pp. 159-168. ISSN 0262-821X

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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. The following 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.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2007 The Micropalaeontological Society. This is an author produced version of a paper accepted for publication in 'Journal of Micropalaeontology'. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Keywords: Archaeology, ancient ceramics, provenance, technology, applied micropalaeontology
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Arts and Humanities (Sheffield) > Department of Archaeology (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Dr Patrick Quinn
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2010 16:49
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 17:14
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1144/jm.26.2.159
Status: Published
Publisher: Geological Society
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1144/jm.26.2.159
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/11243

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