Institute of Archaeology


Ceramic Petrography Analytical Service

  • Professional thin section petrographic and geochemical analysis of archaeological pottery, CBM, metallurgical ceramics, building stone, plaster and lithics, for the interpretation of provenance and craft technology.
  • Prehistoric, Roman, Medieval, Post-Med and industrial artefacts analysed from UK and further afield.
  • Geologically trained with nearly 20 years experience in archaeological petrography.
  • Analysis on single artefacts or larger projects as needed.
  • Services include thin section preparation, petrographic analysis, microphotography and full interpretation.

Recent Projects

  • Petrographic Analysis of Peterborough Ware Ceramics from West Amesbury Farm, Stonehenge, Wiltshire. 2017/122

  • Petrographic Analysis of Early Bronze Age Stone Tools from Petersfield Heath, Hampshire. 2017/121
  • Petrographic Analysis of Prehistoric Ceramics from Whitemoor Haye, Staffordshire. 2017/120
  • Petrographic Analysis of Late Bronze Age Ceramics from Hopwas, Staffordshire. 2017/119
  • Petrographic Analysis of Saxo-Norman Ceramics from Wimborne Minster, Dorset. 2017/118
  • Petrographic and Geochemical Analysis of Late Bronze Age Ceramics from the Southern Transurals, Russia. 2016/117
  • Petrographic Analysis of Sican Refractory Ceramics, Peru. 2016/116
  • Petrographic Analysis of Bronze Age and Saxon Ceramics from Medmerry, West Sussex, UK. 2016/115
  • Petrographic Analysis of Middle Iron Age Ceramics from Broadbridge Heath, West Sussex, UK. 2016/114
  • Petrographic Analysis of a Roman PotteryVessel from Cheeseman’s Green, Kent, UK. 2016/113
  • Petrographic Analysis of Middle Bronze Age Trevisker-style Sherds from Queen Camel, Somerset, UK. 2016/112
  • Petrographic Analysis of Iron Age Metallurgical Ceramics from the Nok Culture, Nigeria. 2016/111
  • Materials Analysis of Tibetan Bon Shamanic Amulet. 2016/109
  • Petrographic Analysis of Prehistoric Ceramics from the Usmanovo 3 Burial Ground, Kazburun Region, Southern Transurals, Russia. 2016/108


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