Category: Ceramics

Evidence of fine ceramics at the Ness?

By Roy Towers Many of you will be familiar with the work of Cecily Webster, our eagle-eyed flotation expert, and her assistant, Travis. Their task is to take the buckets full of carefully gathered...

Introducing ceramics 8 – the dimpled-base experiments

By Roy Towers Ceramics research at the UHI Archaeological Institute is not always about the Ness of Brodgar assemblage. Through ORCA (Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology) we also do commercial archaeology work across Scotland...

Introducing ceramics 7 – colour

By Roy Towers One of the joys of working with ceramics within the UHI Archaeological Institute in Orkney is the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues, both within and further afield. This is particularly important...

Introducing ceramics 6 – sticking cordons

By Roy Towers We suggested in an earlier part of this mini-series on ceramics that the goal of archaeological endeavour was to understand better the complex, talented peoples of the Neolithic and to unravel...

Pottery firing (Jim Richardson)

Introducing ceramics 5 – firing

By Roy Towers So, our Neolithic Grooved Ware is formed, dried, decorated and ready for the all-important firing. What comes next? You won’t be surprised to learn that archaeologists argue about this. (It is...

Cleaning Pot Sherd

Introducing ceramics 2: The excavation process

By Roy Towers Pottery is remarkable stuff. It may be broken, kicked about, scuffed and generally disrespected, but if it stays below ground surface and avoids frost and the plough it can last for...