Thin-section Petrography of Stone and Ceramic Cultural Materials

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Archetype, 2008 - Art - 256 pages
This manual is a comprehensive illustrated overview of the minerals and textures seen in polarized light microscopy of cultural artefacts.
It focuses on the specific applications of thin-section petrography to the study of cultural materials made of stone (as found in architecture, sculpture, tools etc.) and ceramic objects (earthenware, stoneware, porcelain, brick and tile, etc.). The reader can learn the techniques used to identify and characterize such materials; to differentiate between them; to monitor the extent of their deterioration; to determine where they may have originated; and to interpret their fabrication, decoration, and use history.
The author has selected the most representative cultural materials for which thin-section petrography has been used as a major research tool and conducted a thorough survey of the literature indicating landmark publications from the past and more recent scholarship.
This book is accompanied by a CD-ROM that illustrates all the photomicrographs available in the book, but in addition allows the viewer to study each image in both plane polarized and crossed polarized light.

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Pottery Product Types and Inclusions
Pottery Fabrication Use and Deterioration

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About the author (2008)

Chandra L. Reedy is a Professor in the Center for Historic Architecture and Design at the University of Delaware where she also holds secondary appointments in Art History and Material Culture Studies, and serves as director of the Laboratory for Analysis of Cultural Materials.

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