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Ceramic studies and petrographic analysis in Levantine archaeology, the limitations of current approaches

Badreshany, K. and Philip, G. (2020) 'Ceramic studies and petrographic analysis in Levantine archaeology, the limitations of current approaches.', Levant., 52 (1-2). pp. 5-14.


By way of an introduction to this volume, we look to provide a brief review of recent approaches to ceramic studies in Levantine archaeology, and to the way that the results of laboratory-based investigations have been integrated within these. As we are interested in using ceramic data to address questions that extend beyond single-site studies, we pay particular attention to the information potential offered by the large-scale integration of ceramic and petrographic data from multiple archaeological projects. We will begin by highlighting some of the weaknesses of traditional approaches to pottery in Levantine archaeology and how these have continued to limit the interpretive potential of ceramic data. The strengths and weaknesses of petrographic research in the region to date will be discussed, and observations made regarding the use of petrography and geochemistry to address wider issues. The question of how new approaches, and the large-scale integration of ceramic data, might be used to address key social and economic questions in Levantine archaeology will form the subject of the concluding paper of this volume.

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Publisher statement:This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in the Levant on 3 July 2020, available online:
Date accepted:25 May 2020
Date deposited:11 June 2020
Date of first online publication:03 July 2020
Date first made open access:03 January 2022

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