Micro-CT Applications for Examining Archaeological Ceramics

Insights into manufacturing techniques of archaeological pottery: Industrial X-ray computed tomography as a tool in the examination of cultural material

ABSTRACT

Using micro-CT is becoming increasingly valued in archaeological ceramic studies because of its non-destructive nature and ability to provide valuable data and interior images. Of particular interest is the use of micro-CT technology to understand manufacturing techniques and pottery fabrics, which can inform researchers about technology, trade, and exchange. This study concludes that “…considerable information can be extracted for pottery analysis. The application of surface morphology reconstructions and volumetric measurements based on CT data will open a new field in future non-invasive archaeology.”

READ MORE on using micro-CT for studying archaeological pottery, from Research Gate.

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Assessment of archaeological ceramics porosity by m-CT analysis

ABSTRACT

Porosity is an important characteristic of archeological ceramics, revealing properties such as density, strength, thermal conductivity, and durability. Porosity helps archaeologists understand the life cycle of pottery, from the selection of raw materials and production through distribution. This paper discusses how data obtained by quantitative analysis of pore shapes and distributions can be used for
assessment of the production of ancient ceramics.

READ MORE on using micro-CT to study porosity in archaeological ceramics, from Bruker Micro-CT User Meeting 2018, Kulkov, A.M., et al.
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Archeological ceramic artifacts characterization through computed microtomography and X‐ray fluorescence

ABSTRACT

Ceramics are important to our understanding of past cultures because they represent the oldest artificial materials produced by man and are frequently found at archaeological sites from as early as 15,000 years ago. This study demonstrated that the 3D models generated through microCT imaging made it possible to visualize the distribution of the tempers inside the samples, as well as providing quantitative analysis of total porosity and length measurement of the inclusions. The study concludes that micro-CT is useful in studying the complexities of ancient pottery-making and for characterization of ceramic material and archeological artifacts.

READ MORE about micro-CT for studying ceramics, from Wiley Online Library.

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