Thursday, September 20, 2012
What Can We Learn About Ceramics?
Examining digital scans of archaeological artifacts can tell us how an object was made, what materials it was constructed from, how it was used, how it was broken or mended, or how it has changed over time. Digital scans can aid in identification of materials, or in plans for conservation. Through past blog posts and videos, we've demonstrated the capabilities of Sustainable Archaeology's MicroCT scanner for digital analysis and non-destructive studies of a range of archaeological materials. We've demonstrated the potential for examining pathologies (evidence of past injury or disease) in bone, and for revealing previously unknown aspects of artifacts - from what lies below the rust of a metal object, to what the interior of a historic pipe looks like. This week, we turn to ceramic material, and to what a digital scan of a ceramic object can reveal.