Special Issue "Ceramic Studies in Historical Archaeology: Geochemical and Mineralogical Characterization"

A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X). This special issue belongs to the section "Mineral Geochemistry and Geochronology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2023 | Viewed by 146

Special Issue Editors

Cultura Material i Arqueometria UB (ARQUB, GRACPE), Department d’Història i Arqueologia, Facultat de Geografia i Història, Universitat de Barcelona, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
Interests: archaeology; archaeometry; ceramic; lithics; mortars; wall paintings; cultural studies; compositional data; digital humanities
GPAC (Built Heritage Research Group), Department of Geography, Prehistory and Archaeology, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), 01006 Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
Interests: archaeology; archaeometry; ceramics; ethnoarchaeology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Historical Archaeology, or Post-Medieval Archaeology, is a new field of archaeological studies, which have traditionally focused on earlier history and prehistory. Recently, this situation has changed. Our modern world was changed by the arrival of Europeans into the American continents (1492) and the first instance of circumnavigation around the world (1519-1522). The growing interest in these events prompted the emergence of Historical Archaeology and the novel application of analytical programs to study their archaeological remains. The purpose of this Special Issue, “Ceramic Studies in Historical Archaeology: Geochemical and Mineralogical Characterization”, is to reinforce the development of this field by publishing papers that could significantly contribute to shedding light on the ceramic record of our recent past.

Archaeometry can shed light on the materiality of ceramics by testing assumptions and hypotheses based on chemical and mineralogical evidence and archaeological and historical information. Ceramics are complex, and their provenance, technology, and chronology indicate their functions, identities, economies, designs, arts, etc., typical of the period. Even if we cannot equate pots to people, their investigation allows us to approach the maker’s way of living and thinking. The diversity of current research reflects the ever-evolving possibilities offered by applying analytical techniques to the study of historical ceramics.

This Special Issue is open to studies that use either novel or standard analytical techniques to chemically, isotopically, and mineralogically characterize these ceramics, including pastes, pigments, glazes, and other decorative applications. It is also open to research devoted to dating inclusions in these ceramics to strengthen origin assessments. The ultimate goal is to show how chemical and mineralogical studies can contribute to the understanding of pottery, i.e., to our understanding of the transmission of ideas in the development of our world.

Dr. Jaume Buxeda i Garrigós
Dr. Javier G. Iñañez
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • historical archaeology
  • provenance
  • technology
  • archaeometry
  • chemical characterization
  • mineralogical characterization

Published Papers

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