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Thin Section Petrography of Archaeological Ceramics Training Course 2014

Publication date: Jan 27, 2014 2:12:44 PM

Start: Apr 7, 2014 11:00:00 AM
End: Apr 18, 2014 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 7-18 April 2014 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 7 April - Archaeological Petrography. Optical Mineralogy
  • Tues 8 April – Igneous Rocks and their Identification in Thin Section
  • Wed 9 April - Sedimentary Rocks and their Identification in Thin Section
  • Thurs 10 April - Metamorphic Rocks and their Identification in Thin Section
  • Fri 11 April - Clays, Soils and Weathering

Fieldtrip: Sun 13 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 14 April - Introduction to Ceramic Petrography. Composition and Grouping
  • Tues 15 April - Ceramic Thin Section Characterisation
  • Wed 16 April - Interpreting Ceramic Provenance in Thin Section
  • Thurs 17 April - Reconstructing Ceramic Technology in Thin Section
  • Fri 18 April - Petrography of Non-Pottery Ceramic Materials

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