Examination of ancient pottery using the scanning electron microscope

  title={Examination of ancient pottery using the scanning electron microscope},
  author={M. S. TITE and Y. MANIATIS},
A SEQUENCE of pottery sherds from Iraq spanning the period about 6000 BC to 750 AD and two sherds from Turkey about 5000 BC have been examined using a scanning electron microscope (SEM). This examination provided information on the internal morphology developed during firing and in particular information on the extent of vitrification (the glassy phase) and the pore structure1,2. The extent of vitrification provided a useful parameter for characterising the quality of the pottery since it… CONTINUE READING