I should admit now that I have never been interested in ceramics for their own sake, but for what they can tell us about the other industries they were used in, or related to. Owing to my own work as an archaeological scientists, the research listed below is inevitably focussed on analysis of the material and production method, with very little focus on typologies etc. Last updated 2015.


Ahmed, T. & Mejdahl, V., 1976. Determination of pottery firing temperatures by Mossbauer Spectroscopy. In Archaeometry 1976.

Aitchison, S. & Ottaway, B.S., 1984. Neutron activation analysis of Bavarian Altheim pottery and of local clay sources. In Archaeometry 1984. pp. 321–326.

Andrews, K.C., 1994. The technology of white “ground” slip production on Iron Age finewares from Aulnat, France. In Archaeometry 1994. pp. 127–188.

Anon, 2009. Contents of Historical Metallurgy, Volume 1 (1) to 43 (2). , Historical Metallurgy.

Aras, A., 2004. The change of phase composition in kaolinite- and illite-rich clay-based ceramic bodies. Applied Clay Science, 24(3–4), pp.257–269.

Bartel, H.G., 1994. Formal concept analysis studies: Roman bricks and wall slabs. In Archaeometry 1994. pp. 309–316.

Battaglia, S., 2004. Variations in the chemical composition of illite from five geothermal fields: a possible geothermometer. Clay Minerals, 39(4), pp.501–510.

Bishop, R.L. et al., 1990. Sensitivity, Precision, and Accuracy: Their Roles in Ceramic Compositional Data Bases. American Antiquity, 55(3), pp.537–546.

Bollin, R. & Maggetti, M., 1994. Petrographic and isotopic arguments in provenance studies of tesserae from the Galloroman villa, Vallon, Fribourg, Switzerland. In Archaeometry 1994. pp. 197–202.

Bouquillon, A. et al., 1994. Third Millennium BC pottery at Nausharo, Pakistan: first results ofa a mineralogical and chemical program. In Archaeometry 1994. pp. 151–168.

Brockamp, O. & Clauer, N., 2005. A km-scale illite alteration zone in sedimentary wall rocks adjacent to a hydrothermal fluorite vein deposit. Clay Minerals, 40(2), pp.245–260.

Calliari, I. et al., 2008. Slag fragments in pottery mortars from Este (Italy). In B. Cech, ed. Early iron in Europe – Prehistoric, Roman and medieval iron production. Abstractsof the International Conference in Huttenberg,

Carinthia, Austria 2008. pp. 87–88.

Coey, J.M.D. et al., 1976. A magnetic method for characterising ancient ceramics: Application to early bronze age potsherds from northeastern Iran. In Archaeometry 1976.

Courtois, L.C., 1976. Black ware and grey ware: An analytical and methodological approach. In Archaeometry 1976.
Craig, N. et al., 2007. Comparison of XRF and PXRF for analysis of archaeological obsidian from southern Perú. Journal of Archaeological Science, 34(12), pp.2012–2024.

Darvill, T. & McWhirr, A., 1984. Brick and tile production in Roman Britain: models of economic organisation. World Archaeology, 15(3), pp.239–261.

Day, P.M. & Kiriatzi, E., 1999. Group therapy in Crete: a comparison between analyses by NAA and thin section petrography of early Minoan pottery. Journal of Archaeological Science, 26, pp.1025–1036.

Demir, F. et al., 2006. Standard deviations of the error effects in preparing pellet samples for WDXRF spectroscopy. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms, 243(2), pp.423–428.

Fabbri, B., 1994. Evaluation of the degree of purity in the clay bodies of ancient majolica wares. In Archaeometry 1994. pp. 227–232.

Feathers, J.K. et al., 2003. Comments on M.S. Tite, V Kilikoglou and G. Vekinis, “Review article: strength, toughness and thermal shock resistance of ancient ceramics, and their influence on technological choice.” Archaeometry, 45(1), pp.163–183.

Freestone, I.C. & Tite, M.S., 1986. Refractories in the ancient and preindustrial world. In W. D. Kingery, ed. High-Technology Ceramics: Past, Present and Future, Ceramics and Civilisation. Westerville: The American Ceramic Socieety, pp. 35–63.

Garcia-Heras, M. et al., 2001. Assessing ceramic compositional data: a comparison of total reflection x-ray fluorescence and instrumental neutron activation analysis on late Iron Age Spanish Celtiberian ceramics. Archaeometry, 43(3), pp.325–347.

Gerrard, J., 2010. Finding the Fifth Century: a Late Fourth and Early Fifth Century Pottery Fabric from South-East Dorset. Britannia, 41, pp.293–312.

Goldberg, P. et al., 1984. Comparison of neutron activation and thin-section analyses on Late Bronze Age ceramics from Deir el-Balah. In Archaeometry 1984. pp. 341–352.

Guangyong, Q., Xianjia, P. & Shi, L., 1989. Mossbauer firing study of terracotta warriors and horses of the Qin dynasty (221 BC). Archaeometry, 31(1), pp.3–12.

Hein, A. & Kilikoglou, V., 2007. Modeling of Thermal Behavior of Ancient Metallurgical Ceramics. Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 90(3), pp.878–884.

Hein, A., Kilikoglou, V. & Kassianidou, V., 2007. Chemical and mineralogical examination of metallurgical ceramics from a Late Bronze Age copper smelting site in Cyprus. Journal of Archaeological Science, 34(1), pp.141–154.

Hill, D.V., Speakman, R.J. & Glascock, M.D., 2004. Chemical and mineralogical characterization of Sasanian and early Islamic glazed ceramics from the Deh Luran plain, southwestern Iran. Archaeometry, 46(4), pp.585–605.

Hughes, M.J. & Vince, A.G., 1984. Neutron activation analysis and petrology of Hispano-Moresque pottery. In Archaeometry 1984. pp. 353–368.

Jacobson, L. et al., 1994. PIXE analysis of herder and hunter-gatherer pottery from the South Kalahari, South Africa. In Archaeometry 1994. pp. 233–241.

Jeffra, C., 2008. Hair and potters: an experimental look at temper. World Archaeology, 40(1), pp.151–161.
Kaiser, T., Franklin, U.M. & Vitali, V., 1984. Pyrotechnology and pottery in the Late Neolithic of the Balkans. In Archaeometry 1984. pp. 85–94.

Kuleff, I. & Djingova, R., 2007. Archaeometric investigations at the University of Sofia, Bulgaria. Archaeometry, 49(2), pp.245–253.

Kvamme, K.L., Stark, M.T. & Longacre, W.A., 1996. Alternative procedures for assessing standardization in ceramic assemblages. American Antiquity, 61(1), pp.116–126.

Loney, H.L., 2000. Society and technological control: a critical review of models of technological change in ceramic studies. American Antiquity, 65(4), pp.646–668.

Maggetti, M. & Galetti, G., 1994. 400 years of Galloroman ceramic production at Augusta Rauricorum, Switzerland. In Archaeometry 1994. pp. 203–208.

Mangone, A. et al., 2011. A multianalytical study of archaeological faience from the Vesuvian area as a valid tool to investigate provenance and technological features. New Journal of Chemistry, 35(12), pp.2860–2868.

Martinon-Torres, M. & Rehren, T., 2009. Post-medieval crucible production and distribution: a study of materials and materialities. Archaeometry, 51(1), pp.49–74.

Mommsen, H. et al., 1994. Neutron activation of Mycenaean sherds from the town of Ramesses II near Qantir and Greek-Egyptian trade relations. In Archaeometry 1994. pp. 169–178.

Mommsen, H., 2004. Short note: Provenancing of pottery – the need for an integrated approach? Archaeometry, 46(2), pp.267–271.

Myer, G.H. & Betancourt, P.P., 1984. Minerology of Minoan pottery from Kommos as an indication of provenience. In Archaeometry 1984. pp. 377–380.

Nadeau, P.H. & Bain, D.C., 1986. Composition of some smectites and diagenetic illitic clays and implications for their origin. Clays and Clay Minerals, 34(4), pp.455–464.

Neff, H., 1993. Theory, sampling and analytical techniques in the archaeological study of prehistoric ceramics. American Antiquity, 58(1), pp.23–44.

Padilla, R., Espen, P.V. & Torres, P.P.G., 2006. The suitability of XRF analysis for compositional classification of archaeological ceramic fabric: A comparison with a previous NAA study. Analytica Chimica Acta, 558(1–2), pp.283–289.

Pavlish, L.A. et al., 1984. INAA study of pottery from Palau, Micronesia. In Archaeometry 1984. pp. 381–388.
Perez-Arantegui, J. et al., 1994. Chemical, SEM and petrographic study of early Islamic glazed ceramics from several specific sites in Syria, Iraq and Iran. In Archaeometry 1994. pp. 219–226.

Phillips, P., 1951. Classification of the pottery; summary and conclusions. In P. Phillips, J. A. Ford, & J. B. Griffin, eds. Archaeological survey in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Vallye, 1940-1947. USA: The Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, pp. 314–339, 347–351.

Pollard, A.M. & Wood, N.D., 1984. Development of Chinese porcelain technology at Jingdezhen. In Archaeometry 1984. pp. 105–114.

Redford, S. & Blackman, M.J., 1997. Luster and fritware production and distribution in medieval Syria. Journal of Field Archaeology, 24(2), pp.233–247.

Rehren, T., 1999. Small size, large scale: Roman brass production in Germania Inferior. Journal of Archaeological Science, 26, pp.1083–1087.

Rottlander, R.C.A., 1984. Chemical investigation of potsherds of the Heuenberg, Upper Danube. In Archaeometry 1984. pp. 403–406.

Roux, V., 2003. Ceramic standardization and intensity of production: Quantifying degrees of specialization. American Antiquity, 68(4), pp.768–782.

Schneider, G., 1994. Chemical grouping of Roman Terra Sigillata finds from Turkey, Jordan and Syria. In

Archaeometry 1994. pp. 189–196.
Segebade, C. & Lutz, G.J., 1976. Photon activation analysis of ancient Roman pottery. In Archaeometry 1976. pp. 20–49.

Sibley, L.R., 1984. Use of pseudomorphic evidence in the reconstruction of ancient fabric technologies. In Archaeometry 1984. pp. 153–164.

Sillar, B. & Tite, M.S., 2000. The challenge of “technological choices” for materials science approaches in archaeology. Archaeometry, 42(1), pp.2–20.

Spitzer-Aronson, M., 1984. Laser, X-Ray microfluorescence and microscopic studies of metallic luster on ancient overglazed ceramics. In Archaeometry 1984. pp. 419–430.

Srondon, J. et al., 1992. Chemistry of illite-smectite inferred from TEM measurements of fundaental particles. Clay Minerals, 27, pp.127–158.

Stimmell, C.A., Pilon, J. & Hancock, R.G.V., 1984. Problems of coarse ware analysis. In Archaeometry 1984. pp. 407–418.

Stoltman, J.B., 1991. Ceramic petrography as a technique for documenting cultural interaction: An example from the Upper Mississippi Valley. American Antiquity, 56(1), pp.103–120.

Tite, M., Pradell, T. & Shortland, A., 2008. Discovery, Production and Use of Tin-Based Opacifiers in Glasses, Enamels and Glazes from the Late Iron Age Onwards: A Reassessment*. Archaeometry, 50(1), pp.67–84.

Tite, M.S. et al., 1998. Lead Glazes in Antiquity—Methods of Production and Reasons for Use*. Archaeometry, 40(2), pp.241–260.

Tite, M.S., 1999. Pottery production, distribution, and consumption – the contribution of the physical sciences. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, 6(3), pp.181–232.

Tite, M.S., Bimson, M. & Freestone, I.C., 1984. A technological study of Fulham stoneware. In Archaeometry 1984. pp. 95–104.

Tite, M.S., Freestone, I.C. & Wood, N., 2012. An Investigation into the Relationship Between the Raw Materials Used in the Production of Chinese Porcelain and Stoneware Bodies and the Resulting Microstructures*. Archaeometry, 54(1), pp.37–55.

Tulun, T. et al., 1994. Studies on Early Bronze Age pottery sherds. In Archaeometry 1994. pp. 585–597.
Turkmenoglu, A.G. & Gokturk, E.H., 1994. An investigation on the manufacturing technology of the Degirmentepe (Malataya) pottery. In Archaeometry 1994. pp. 599–607.

Waksman, S.Y., Rossini, I. & Heitz, C., 1994. Byzantine Pergamon: characterization of the ceramics production centre. In Archaeometry 1994. pp. 209–218.

Zhu, J. et al., 2004. The multivariate statistical analysis and XRD analysis of pottery at Xigongqiao site. Journal of Archaeological Science, 31, pp.1685–1691.


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