Ceramics, style and exchange in Early Neolithic of Upper Mondego Basin: a technological approach

Ana Jorge, P. M. Day, A. C. Valera, M. I. Dias, M. I. Prudêncio

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It has become clear that one way in which key aspects of the creation and use of
material culture can be studied is by the integration of typological and physico-chemical analysis of ceramics. Such an integration holds the promise of revealing a wealth of information on the ‘ways of making’ pottery, as well as glimpses into their life as material objects beyond the phase of manufacture. In this paper, the
preliminary results of a combined mineralogical, textural and elemental study of 59 pottery samples from the Early Neolithic levels of Buraco da Moura and Penedo da Penha (Central Northern Portugal), conducted by thin-section petrography and chemical analysis by neutron activation analysis, will be presented. The differences in the composition of the paste suggest that the ceramics were fired at low maximum temperatures (750oC), with a high heating rate and short soaking time.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnderstanding people through their pottery
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 7th European Meeting on Ancient Ceramics (EMAC’03)
EditorsMaria Isabel Prudêncio, Maria Isabel Dias, J. C. Waerenborgh
Place of PublicationLisbon, Portugal
PublisherInstituto Português de Arqueologia
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)972-8662254
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Event7th European Meeting on Ancient Ceramics (EMAC’03) - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 27 Oct 200331 Oct 2003

Publication series

NameTrabalhos de Arqueologia
PublisherInstituto Português de Arqueologia


Conference7th European Meeting on Ancient Ceramics (EMAC’03)


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