X-ray Diffraction of Archaeological Ceramics and Clay: Principles and Applications

Start: Nov 06, 2014 09:30 AM
End: Nov 06, 2014 05:30 PM

Location: Room 612, Institute of Archaeology

XRD diffractogram

A one day workshop exploring principles and applications of x-ray diffraction of archaeological ceramics and clay will be held at the Institute on 6 November.


9:30: Arrival

  • 9:50: Welcome and Introduction
  • 10:00-10:30: Patrick Quinn (Institute of Archaeology, University College London) Introduction to X-ray Diffraction of Archaeological Ceramics
  • 10:30-11:00: Silvia Amicone (Institute of Archaeology, University College London) Pottery Pyrotechnology at the Dawn of the Metal Age: Case Studies from Pločnik and Belovode
  • 11:00-11:30: Christoph Berthold (Faculty of Mathematics and Earth Sciences, University of Tübingen) and Klaus Bente (Institute for Mineralogy, Crystallography and Materials Science, University of Leipzig) Basics and Devices of Modern Micro-XRD Combined with Raman Spectroscopy

11:30-12:00: Coffee Break

  • 12:00-12:30: Esther Travé Allepuz (Medieval and Postmedieval Archaeology Research Group, University of Barcelona) Pottery-Firing Techniques in Medieval Catalonia: The Kiln Site of Cabrera d'Anoia
  • 12:30-13:00: Chris Mavris (Earth Sciences Department, Natural History Museum, London) Unravelling Global Warming Through Soil Mineralogy: An Application of Powder X-ray Diffraction

13:00-14:30: Lunch Break (Sandwiches will be provided in the adjacent Staff and Research Student Common Room)

  • 14:30-15:00: Lara Maritan (Department of Geosciences, University of Padova, Italy) Cluster Analysis of XRD Data in Ancient Materials: What For?
  • 15:00-15:30: Enrica Bonato (Earth Sciences Department, Natural History Museum, London) The Role of XRD in an Integrated Scientific Approach to the Interpretation of Archaeological ceramics: Case Studies from Roman Italy and Iron Age Tanzania
  • 15:30-16:00: José Manuel Compaña Prieto (Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Crystallography and Mineralogy, University of Malaga) Quantifying Amorphous Content in Archaeological Ceramics by X-ray Diffraction: Possibilities of the External Standard Approach

16:00-16.30: Coffee Break

  • 16:30-17:00: Judit Molera (Department of Engineering, University of Vic, Spain) SR-micro-XRD and Petrography of Crystalline Phases in Lead Glazes
  • 17:00-17:30: Javier Cuadros (Earth Sciences Department, Natural History Museum, London) Interstratified Clay Minerals: Footprints of Environmental Dynamics

17:30 Reception

Any enquiries about the event may be directed to Patrick Quinn.

The Institute of Archaeology is developing a Pottery Technology Research Network which aims to use collaborative work to reconstruct ceramic technology to improve and disseminate appropriate analytical techniques and enhance theoretical debate.