Beginning February 17th, 2018 (at 2 PM), we will be located at the Lantana Branch Library located at 4020 Lantana Rd, Lake Worth, FL 33462.
“Comparative Clay Analysis and Curation for Archaeological Pottery Studies” presented by Ann S. Cordell, MA RPA
Authors: Ann S. Cordell, Neill J. Wallis (both FLMNH), and Gerald Kidder (UF, retired)
We describe curation and use of clay samples as part of the ceramic ecology program at the Florida Museum’s Ceramic Technology Laboratory (FLMNH-CTL). We outline the history of the comparative collection and detail the standard operating procedure by which samples are processed, analyzed, and curated. We also provide examples of how the collection has been used in research projects as well as some of the challenges inherent to studies using such samples. Our collection of processed clays and associated thin sections represents a valuable resource for ongoing and future lab endeavors and is available to other Florida and southeastern researchers.