Oxford Handbook of Archaeological Ceramic Analysis

I had the honor to be invited to contribute a chapter to the Oxford Handbook of Archaeological Ceramic Analysis by the editor Alice Hunt of the Center of Applied Isotope Studies at the University of Georgia. Only recently she informed me that the book is being advertised here and here. Right now production is set for November, maybe it could be a fitting Christmas present?

Thanks to Alice’ great selection of contributers, the book will really be a handbook (albeit at 600 pages you’ll need big hands) in the sense of giving a good and detailed introduction into the various methods for analysis that can be applied to archaeological ceramics. For each method, you’ll get the theoretical background, practical advice as well as some guidance on destructiveness and costs. A section on research design and data analysis will help the reader in deciding which method(s) are best applied to the research question under investigation.

My contribution, which was done together with Prof. Leah Minc of Oregon State University, is on Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis, including a section about the k0 method [1] and on the modified Mahalanobis Distance developed in Bonn by Mommsen and Beier [2].

I really believe that in this book the most current approaches to the analysis of archaeological ceramic are offered in a way that will make this an invaluable reference to anyone working in the field.


[1] F. De Corte, A. Simonits, A. De Wispelaere, and J. Hoste, “Accuracy And Applicability Of The K0-Standardization Method,” Journal of radioanalytical and nuclear chemistry-articles, vol. 113, iss. 1, p. 145–161, 1987.
Title = {{A}ccuracy {A}nd {A}pplicability {O}f {T}he {K}0-{S}tandardization {M}ethod},
Author = {De Corte, F. and Simonits, A. and De Wispelaere, A. and Hoste, J.},
Journal = {Journal Of Radioanalytical And Nuclear Chemistry-Articles},
Year = {1987},
Month = jun,
Number = {1},
Pages = {145--161},
Volume = {113},
Sn = {0236-5731},
Spezifikation = {k0},
Timestamp = {2007.08.06},
Ut = {ISI:A1987K674200013}
[2] [doi] T. Beier and H. Mommsen, “Modified Mahalanobis filters for grouping pottery by chemical composition,” Archaeometry, vol. 36, iss. 2, p. 287–306, 1994.
Title = {{M}odified {M}ahalanobis filters for grouping pottery by chemical composition},
Author = {Beier, T. and Mommsen, H.},
Journal = {Archaeometry},
Year = {1994},
Number = {2},
Pages = {287--306},
Volume = {36},
Abstract = {A statistical procedure for grouping pottery in provenance studies by chemical data is presented, which now is routinely in use in our laboratory. It is based on the Mahalanobis filter method and X2 -statistics, and can be used for both establishing groups and assigning single sherds to already known groups, thus replacing principal components analysis or cluster analysis and avoiding their problems in grouping pottery. The new method is able to consider correlations, uncertainties of measurement and constant shifts of the data in case of dilution. In particular, considering dilution effects results in both a better assignment to and separation of reference groups and is also equivalent to the compositional data approach, if log-transformed data are used. Other distortions of data (e.g., mixing of clays) can also be considered.},
Doi = {10.1111/j.1475-4754.1994.tb00971.x},
Eprint = {},
File = {Beier1994.pdf:Beier1994.pdf:PDF;Beier1994.pdf:Beier1994.pdf:PDF},
Nummer = {282},
Spezifikation = {keramik, bimsliste},
Url = {}

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