Fifteen shades of clay. What pottery analysis can tell us about differences in Bronze Age households at Bovenkarspel-Het Valkje.

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Fifteen shades of clay. What pottery analysis can tell us about differences in Bronze Age households at Bovenkarspel-Het Valkje.

Type: Master thesis
Title: Fifteen shades of clay. What pottery analysis can tell us about differences in Bronze Age households at Bovenkarspel-Het Valkje.
Author: Verschoor, Carina
Issue Date: 2017-08-30
Keywords: pottery analysis
Bronze Age
Bovenkarspel-Het Valkje
households
chaîne opératoire
Abstract: In this research, 269 Bronze Age sherds are being investigated, originating from house ditches of 16 houses from the site of Bovenkarspel-Het Valkje, which was excavated between 1974 and 1978. The sherds were investigated based on eleven steps of the chaîne opératoire. All sherds were divided into fabric groups in a ‘category list’ and examined carefully. Although there are differences in aspect like forming, shaping and surface treatment, there are a lot of similarities as well. The conclusion is that the type of temper alone does not determine the differences between the houses, but the size and the amount of temper added do. A set of pottery is visible in multiple houses. This set contains various kind of vessels that have each their own kind of tempering. A lot of houses have vessels that were not seen elsewhere. It was assumed that houses which occupied longer have more sherds. Finally, an XRF analysis found that three different sources of clay were used. Furthermore, the inside and outside of sherds differs, so it is likely that a different clay was used for the inside and the outside of the vessels or that a chalky clay layer was added.
Supervisor: Fokkens, Harry
Faculty: Faculty of Archaeology
Department: Archaeology (Master)
Specialisation: Prehistory of North-Western Europe
ECTS Credits: 20
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/52550
 

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