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The archaeologist and the laboratory

Patricia Phillips (editor)

CBA Research Report No 58 (1985)

ISBN 0-906780-45-4


Title page of report 58

This volume contains papers delivered at a conference entitled The Archaeologist and the Laboratory, held in Oxford on 18-20 November 1983. The impulse for the conference came from the Council for British Archaeology's Archaeological Science Committee (chairman Dr Paul Mellars) and the organization was in the hands of the Oxford University Department of External Studies. The conference sought to publicize developments in archaeological science (excluding environmental archaeology) to a wider archaeological audience. In the event it attracted about 100 participants. The conference involved an opening session in the form of an archaeological science forum, an evening of videos and films on archaeological science subjects, and four sessions of lectures. Dr Michael Tite chaired the forum, and the chairmen for the four lecture sessions were Dr Paul Mellars, Dr Elizabeth Slater, Mr Arnold Aspinall, and Miss Kate Foley.

Each of the speakers at the conference took a particular raw material or group of raw materials and explained the analytical techniques which could be applied to them, with the limitations and successes of those techniques. Their papers are reproduced in this volume. It emerged during the conference that several speakers had made use of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) in their analyses, and, as this technique is still unfamiliar in detail to many archaeologists, Dr Ian Freestone kindly agreed to produce a short paper describing the use of both SEM and the electron microprobe. This forms the final paper in the volume.


  • Title pages
    • Contents
    • Illustrations
    • Contributors
  • Introduction by P Phillips
  • Archaeological science forum
  • Petrology and ceramics: a review of work on medieval pottery by D P S Peacock
  • Neutron activation analysis in the study of ceramics by A Aspinall
  • Building in the raw: an analytical approach to the study of raw materials by S E Warren
  • Theoretical and applied dendrochronology: how to make a date with a tree by J Hillam
  • The recognition and identification of traces of organic materials in association with metal artefacts by J Cronyn, E Pye, and J Watson
  • Use and discard of stone raw materials: the potential for analysis by P Phillips
  • Implement petrology: the state of the art-some problems and possibilities by R V Davies
  • Provenancing and dating of flint by M R Cowell and S G E Bowman
  • What's what in ancient technology: an introduction to high-temperature processes by J Bayley
  • Sources and resources for non-ferrous metallurgy by E A Slater
  • The examination of refractory ceramics from metal-production and metalworking sites by M S Tite, I C Freestone, N D Meeks, and P T Craddock
  • The complete examination of archaeological metalwork by J P Northover
  • The chemical analysis of Roman coins: past and future by R Reece
  • Glass and glassmaking by J R Hunter
  • Scanning electron microscopy and X-ray microanalysis by I C Freestone
  • Index

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