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Materials Analysis of Byzantine Pottery

Materials Analysis of Byzantine Pottery

Edited by Henry Maguire

ISBN 9780884022510

Publication date: 01/01/1998

This publication brings to a wider audience important new findings in the fields of medieval pottery and archaeometry. After a long period of dormancy, the study of Byzantine pottery has flourished in recent years. At the same time, the discipline of archaeometry has also undergone a rapid expansion. The combining of these two areas of research creates both opportunities and questions.

The new data that materials analysis provides about Byzantine ceramics and their production at times supports, modifies, and even contradicts conclusions derived from traditional archaeological methods. This new ability to determine the technique and provenance of Byzantine pottery has important implications well beyond the study of the material culture itself; it engages with broader historical issues, such as pilgrimage, economic relationships, and the transfer of ceramic technologies from the Islamic world to Byzantium and from Byzantium to Italy.


  • The book is excellently illustrated and well laid out, with colour plates, spectra (clearly printed so that the labels are legible), and photomicrographs conveniently placed at the end of each paper, and footnotes at the bottom of each page. The index caters for both art historians materials scientist by including references for authors, ceramic types, site names, and analytical methods.

    —British Ceramic Transactions


  • Henry Maguire is a former Director of Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks and Professor of Art History at Johns Hopkins University.

Book Details

  • 184 pages
  • 8-1/2 x 11 inches
  • Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection