Ceramic Analysis


Understanding technology, economy and society through

archaeological ceramics.


Course Aims..

The course aims to introduce students to the description, analysis and interpretation of
archaeological ceramics. It relies heavily on a ‘hands-on’ approach to artefact analysis.
Ceramics are by far the most commonly used artefact in Holocene period archaeology to
reconstruct social, economic and political relations in the past. Underscoring this is the
reliance on ceramics to construct regional chronologies. At completion of the course,
students will be able to macroscopically analyse and describe archaeological ceramics
and draw basic inferences about past societies.


Students are expected to attend all classes and complete three pieces of written work:
Two analyses of two published corpus of ceramics (of their choosing) and a publication-style
report on the ceramics they will be analysing during the semester.