Dating pottery shards

20 Apr

They can be downloaded for personal use but if you are not a Leicestershire Fieldwork member and wish to use these as course material or in any other way please contact Leicestershire County Council for copyright permission and agreement.

– Please contact us to discuss the nature of your research objective to ensure the most appropriate material selection and pretreatment of your pottery sherds.

By comparing pottery sherds found in the three Unit 6 SUs, we were able to determine that the three SUs date back to nearly the same time, as we found matching and similar pottery sherds across the SUs.

Some of the sherds from different SUS (the three excavated this year and those excavated in the past) have the same paste and glaze and many are similar in their texture and coloring.

All sheets except the one on flint have been put together by fieldwork member Andy Kirkland.

The flint guide has been done by Brian Burningham and is ten pages long, all other sheets are one page.

In general the burned food residue has to be a patina that can be removed in small bits or chunks rather than a sooty powder.

Considerable help was offered by Helen Sharp (Archaeology Officer LCC), Dr Richard Pollard and many others.Patrick Bowen, a senior majoring in materials science and engineering at Michigan Technological University, is refining a new way of dating ceramic artifacts that could one day shave thousands of dollars off the cost of doing archaeological research.Called rehydroxylation dating, the technique was recently developed by researchers at the University of Manchester and the University of Edinburgh.Please make sure to indicate on the data sheet if the sherd needs to be returned.Otherwise, it will be discarded upon completion of the analysis.