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Thin Section Petrography of Archaeological Ceramics Training Course 2013

Publication date: Feb 12, 2013 10:26:01 AM

Start: Apr 8, 2013 11:00:00 AM
End: Apr 19, 2013 5:00:00 PM

Location: UCL Institute of Archaeology

Thin Section Petrgraphy of Archaeological Ceramics

An intensive training course on Thin Section Petrography of Archaeological Ceramics will be run at the Institute from 8-19 April 2013 and taught by Patrick Quinn.  

The intensive course introduces participants to the methodology and application of thin section petrography to the study of archaeological pottery and other ceramic artefacts and consists of 10 one-hour lectures and 10 three-hour microscope classes, which follow daily themes:

  • Mon 8 April - Archaeological Petrography. Minerals and Mineralogy
  • Tues 9 April – Identifying Rock Forming Minerals
  • Wed 10 April - Igneous Rocks in Thin Section
  • Thurs 11 April - Sedimentary Rocks in Thin Section
  • Fri 12 April - Metamorphic Rocks in Thin Section

Fieldtrip: Sun 14 April – Ceramic Raw Materials in the Field
This fieldtrip offers participants an opportunity to examine rocks and clay resources in the field and links the geological and archaeological portions of the course.

  • Mon 15 April - Clays, Soils and Weathering
  • Tues 16 April - Introduction to Ceramic Petrography. Composition and Grouping
  • Wed 17 April - Ceramic Thin Section Description
  • Thurs 18 April - Interpreting Ceramic Provenance
  • Fri 19 April - Reconstructing Ceramic Technology

The course is now full. Any enquiries about future courses may be directed to Patrick Quinn.