Patrick Quinn

Research Interests

  • Thin Section Ceramic Petrography and Geochemistry
  • Prehistoric Ceramic Production and Consumption in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean
  • Pre-Contact Hunter Gatherer Ceramics of Southern California
  • Thin Section Petrography of Archaeological Ceramics of all Periods of UK
  • Application of Micropalaeontology to Archaeology

Research Directory Records


  • Research Officer in Archaeological Ceramic Analysis, Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield, UK. 2005-2010
  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Biological Sciences, California State University San Marcos (CSUSM), San Diego, USA. 2004-2005
  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Geological Institute, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETHZ), Zürich, Switzerland. 2000-2004
  • Teaching Fellow in Archaeomaterials Science, Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield, UK. 1999-2000

Educational Background

  • PhD Archaeological Ceramic Analysis. Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield, UK, 1999
  • MSc Industrial Micropalaeontology. Earth Sciences, University College London, UK. 1995
  • BSc (Hons) Geology and Geography (Upper Second Class). Department of Geology, University of Keele, England, 1993


  • Quinn, P. S. 2013. Ceramic Petrography: The Interpretation of Archaeological Pottery & Related Artefacts in Thin Section. Archaeopress, Oxford.
  • Quinn, P. S. (Ed.) 2009. Interpreting Silent Artefacts: Petrographic Approaches to Archaeological Ceramics. Archaeopress, Oxford.

Peer-reviewed journal articles

  • Travé Allepuz, E., Quinn, P. S.,  López Pérez M. D. and Padilla Lapuente, J. I. 2014. One hundred sherds of grey: compositional and technological characterization of Medieval greyware pottery production at Cabrera d’Anoia, Catalonia, Spain. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences. DOI 10.1007/s12520-014-0179-2
  • Quinn, P. S., Burton, M. M., Broughton, D. and Van Heymbeeck, S. 2013. Deciphering Compositional Patterning in Plainware Ceramics from Late Prehistoric Hunter-Gatherer Sites in the Peninsular Ranges, San Diego County, California. American Antiquity. 78: 779-789.
  • Burton, M. and Quinn, P. S. 2013. Malcolm J. Rogers on Archaeological Ceramics: Foundations and Current Studies in the San Diego Region. Pacific Coast Archaeological Society Quarterly, 48: 98-108.
  • Day, P. M., Quinn, P. S., Rutter, J. and Kilikoglou, V. 2011. A World of Goods: Transport Jars and Commodity Exchange at the Late Bronze Age Harbor of Kommos, Crete. Hesperia, 80: 511-558.
  • Quinn, P. S., Stringer, L., Rout, D., Alexander, T., Armstrong, A. and Olmstead, S. 2011. Petrodatabase: An On-line Database for Thin Section Ceramic Petrography. Journal of Archaeological Science, 38: 2491-2496.
  • Quinn, P. S., Day, P. M. and Kilikoglou, V. 2010. Keeping An Eye on Your Pots: The Provenance of Neolithic Ceramics from Cyclops Cave on the Island of Youra, Greece. Journal of Archaeological Science, 37: 1042-1052.
  • Quinn, P. S. 2008. The occurrence and research potential of microfossils in inorganic archaeological materials. Geoarchaeology, 23: 275–291.
  • Quinn, P. S. and Day, P. M. 2007a. Calcareous microfossils in Bronze Age Aegean Ceramics: Illuminating Technology and Provenance. Archaeometry, 49: 775–793.
  • Quinn, P. S. and Day, P. M. 2007b. Ceramic Micropalaeontology: The Analysis of Microfossils in Ancient Ceramics. Journal of Micropalaeontology, 26: 159–168.
  • Quinn, P. S., Bowers, R. M., Zhang, X., Wahlund, T. M., Fanelli, M. A., Olszova, D. and Read, B.A. 2006. cDNA Microarrays as a Tool for Identification of Biomineralization Proteins in the Coccolithophorid Emiliania huxleyi (Haptophyta). Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 72: 5512–5526.
  • Quinn, P. S., Bollmann, J. and Cortés, M. 2005. Morphological biodiversity in the deep oceandwelling coccolithophore Florisphaera profunda (Haptophyta). European Journal of Phycology, 40: 31–42.
  • Hein, A., Day, P. M., Quinn, P. S. and Kilikoglou, V. 2004. The geochemical diversity of Neogene clay deposits and its implications for provenance studies of Minoan pottery, Archaeometry, 46: 357–384.
  • Saez, A. G., Probert, I., Geisen, M., Quinn, P. S., Young, J. R. and Medlin, L. K. 2003. Pseudocryptic speciation in coccolithophores. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 100: 7163–7168.
  • Quinn, P. S., Thierstein, H. R., Brand, L. E. and Winter, A. 2003. Experimental evidence for the species character of Calcidiscus leptoporus morphotypes. Journal of Paleontology, 77: 825–830.

Book chapters

  • Quinn, P. S. and Burton, M. 2009. Ceramic Petrography and the Reconstruction of Hunter-Gatherer Craft Technology in Late Prehistoric Southern California. In: Quinn, P. S. (Ed.) Interpreting Silent Artefacts: Petrographic Approaches to Archaeological Ceramics. Archaeopress: 267-295.
  • Alaimo, R., Giarrusso, R., Montana, G., Quinn, P. 2007. Petrographic and Micropalaeontological Data in Support of a Sicilian Origin for the Statue of Aphrodite. In: Workshop on the Cult Statue of a Goddess Summary of Proceedings from a Workshop Held at the Getty Villa on May 9, 2007. Getty Publications: 23-28.
  • Bollmann, J., Quinn, P. S., Vela, M., Brabcec, B., Brechner, S., Schmidt, R., Schiebel, R. and Thierstein, H. R. 2005. Automated particle analysis: Calcareous microfossils. In: Francus, P. (ed.) Image Analysis, Sediments and Paleoenvironments. Developments in Paleoenvironmental Research Series, Vol. 7. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht: 110–135.
  • Quinn, P. S., Saez, A. Baumann, K-H., Steel, B. A. and Sprengel, C. 2004. Coccolithophorid biodiversity: Evidence from the cosmopolitan species Calcidiscus leptoporus. In: Thierstein H. R. and Young J. R. (eds.) Coccolithophores: Molecular processes to global impact. Springer Verlag, Berlin: 299–236.
  • Day, P. M., Oren, E. D., Joyner, L. and Quinn, P. S. 1999. Petrographic analysis of the Tel Haror inscribed sherd: Seeking provenance within Crete. In: Betancourt, P. P., Karageorghis, V., Laffineur, R. and Neimeiee, W-D (Eds.) Meletemata, Vol. 1, Aegaeum 20, Annales d’archéologie égéene de l’Université de Liège et UT-Pasp: 191–197.

Scientific reports

Other publications

  • Quinn, P. S. 2013. Petrographical Analysis. In: Zant, J and Howard-Davis, C. (eds.) Scots Dyke to Turnpike: The Archaeology of the A66, Greta Bridge to Scotch Corner. Lancaster Imprints, 18:210-215.
  • Quinn, P. S. 2012. Appendix 1: Petrographic Analysis. In: Walker, H. (ed.) Hedingham Ware: A Medieval Pottery Industry in North Essex: Its Production and Distribution. East Anglian Archaeology Report 148. Essex County Council, Chelmsford: 135-146.
  • Alaimo, R., Giarruso, R., Montana, G. and Quinn, P. S. 2007. Le Prove Geologiche a Favore Della Provenienza Siciliana. Kalós, 19: 16–18.
  • Quinn, P. S. 1999. A Note on the Behavior of Calcareous Nannofossils During the Firing of Ceramics. Journal of Nannoplankton Research, 21: 31–32.
  • Quinn, P. S., Alaimo, R., Montana, G. 1998. Calcareous Nannofossil Analysis of Ceramics and Probable Raw Materials from an Ancient Punic Kiln Site on the Island of Mozia, Western Sicily. Journal of Nannoplankton Research, 20: 85–87.
  • Quinn P.S. 1997. Book Review: ‘Scientific Methods in Underwater Archaeology’ by I. Vuorela. Marine Micropaleontology. 30: 346–350.

Current students

  • Silvia AmiconeCeramic Petrography and Archaeological Analysis of the Vince Culture Pottery, Serbia. (Joint Principal Supervisor with Thilo Rehren)
  • David Gilbert. Islamic Ceramic Production in the Merv Oasis in the 7th – 13th Centuries (Principal Supervisor: Tim Williams)
  • Yvette Balbaligo. Local communities and regional connections: The earthenware pottery from Ille Cave, the Philippines. (Primary supervisor: Bill Sillar)
  • Barbara Borgers. Ceramic technology during the Early Roman period in the civitas Tungrorum region of Belgium. (at Vrie University, Brussels with Marc DeBie and Patrick Degryse)

Past students

  • Kevin Cootes. Ceramic Production, Distribution and Prehistoric Society in the Peak District National Park. (at Sheffield University with Paul Halstead)
  • Ceramic Petrography: The Interpretation of Archaeological Pottery & Related Artefacts in Thin Section
  • Interpreting Silent Artefacts: Petrographic Approaches to Archaeological Ceramics
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