Aegean and Balkan Prehistory is a useful website publishing some recent papers and a searchable bibliography on the subject. At the time of review, several of the available papers had been published earlier in printed publications and both the forum and maps sections were not available. The available papers concentrate on Bronze Age matt-painted pottery and grey wares typical of the Balkan region and provide a solid introduction to the topic. Many papers are preliminary reports of excavations (Okolište; Çukuriçi Höyük; Angelochori; Aiani; Dubene; Dragoyna); all papers are illustrated. The addition of an updated bibliography on the subject and area makes the website primarily a useful tool for specialist researchers or advanced students. The lack of a general introduction or overview limits the usefulness of the website for undergraduate students. This website requires Internet Explorer.
The Anatolian Iron Age Ceramics (AIA) Project focuses on trade and exchange in Anatolia between 1200-200 BC by applying chemical and isotope characterisation analyses (INAA; ICP-MS; TIMS) to ceramics from several archaeological sites. The project runs from 2005 to 2009 and only a few data are available on this website. There are photographs and maps of the archaeological sites investigated, a short explanation of the methodologies employed by the researchers (including the scheme to assemble a "camera bucket" to take photographs in a light controlled environment) and a few posters in PowerPoint and PDF format. Further updates are due to appear as the project progresses. The website provides information about the developments of the project and contact details of the research team. This website may be useful to researchers studying Iron Age Anatolia or interested in the application of scientific analyses to ceramics. The project is funded by the Australian Research Council and the National Science Foundation (USA).
Archbase is a website that contains details of various archaeological projects by different organisations. Featured projects include: excavations at the Graeco-Roman harbour of Berenite (Egypt), and the work of the Fayum Field school at the Graeco-Roman village of Medinet Watfa (also in Egypt). Full excavation reports (Fayum; Berenike; Eastern Desert Ware) and information with abstracts on related workshops (mobile people; residue analysis; ancient apprenticeship; history of the Eastern Desert) can be accessed from the home page. In addition, the website also contains the archaeological databases of some projects; to access these a password is required (researchers may be able to get one contacting the project's administrators). Both researchers and students may find this website useful.
This website describes four Arts and Humanities Research Council funded workshops which aimed to address the current challenges faced by Samian (a type of pottery produced in the Roman Empire in the 3rd century BCE) research in the UK as well as provide a snapshot of the state of current research into Samian pottery. The hope is that the workshops will lay the foundations for a new generation of Samian specialists as well as establishing new standards of documentation and curation. Each of the workshops is described (although at the time of review, the most recent had yet to be updated beyond the simple programme), with certain presentations available to download, and the ensuing discussions précised.
This is the official website of the Bead Study Trust, which publishes "The Bead Study Trust Newsletter" [ISSN 1463-9602] and the catalogue of the Beck Collection of beads held in the University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge, England. The trust is an important association that promotes the study of ancient beads and this website provides information on its publications and contact details. A sample table of scientific analyses carried out on glass beads shows the difference in the chemical composition of beads from Pella; Tell Brak; Tell el Amarna and Minoan Crete and other beads from Europe. Researchers in particular may wish to contact the association.
The Bomford Collection of Ancient Glass comprises a large collection of artefacts tracking the early history of glass. Most of the pieces are Roman, originating from Italy, Egypt, the Levant, Asia Minor, and other locations around the Mediterranean. A few of the artefacts originate from Northern Europe, Mesopotamia, or Persia, some of which are pre-Roman. The collection is held at the City Museum and Art Gallery in Bristol. The website consists of a general introduction to the collection, which was assembled by James Bomford between 1960 and 1978. Then there is a database of artefacts, which may be searched by object type, period, or geographical origin. Many of the results include images of the object in question, in addition to descriptions and reference information. Finally, there is a bibliography of publications relating to the collection or to ancient and Roman glassware more generally.
The Database of Implement Petrology for Britain records petrologically examined stone implements dating from the Neolithic to the Bronze Age. The records were assembled by the Implement Petrology Committee (IPC) of the Council for British Archaeology (CBA) between the 1930s and the mid 1980s, and have previously been published in Stone Axe Studies volume 2 (CBA Research Report 67, 1988, edited by T H McKClough & W A Cummins). Over 7,500 stone implements were examined whilst compiling the database. Broad ranges in the purpose, quality and composition of the implements were experienced, reflected in the database records. Rock sources and places of manufacture ranged from Lands End in England to the Northern Isles of Scotland and the Channel Islands. The database is thus a comprehensive study of stone tool use over a period of 3000 years.The database is categorised into 34 petrographic groups, to which the majority of implements have been assigned. Information on the rock type, purpose and locality of each entry is given. The full database is available for download (at a file size of 872KB) as a comma-delimited file, suitable for importing into most database packages.
The website of the Coroplastic Studies Interest Group publishes information on the group organized in 2007 under the auspices of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA). The group brings together several scholars interested in terracotta figurines from any chronological and geographical context. On the website can be found the newsletter of the group in PDF format with several illustrated articles. An extensive bibliography organised by year is also available; publications by members are also listed on a separate page. Announcements of events and short calls for help regarding ongoing studies are published frequently. The statute of the group; a list of current members; and information on membership will be useful to lecturers and researchers focusing their research on terracotta figurines.
This website describes the AHRC-funded work being undertaken to make the University of Nottingham’s Felix Oswald Samian Collection more accessible to scholars. The collection was established by pioneering Roman pottery researcher Felix Oswald and is based on excavations at Margidunum (Nottinghamshire) and acquisitions from French antiquarian Albert-Edward Plicque. The project aims to increase visibility of the project through digitisation (based on rubbings to ensure accuracy) and a full re-analysis of the collection. This re-analysis will identify “each specimen-form, fabric, decoration and stamp and full quantification” and link potters’ stamps and signatures to the Leeds Index of Potters stamps. The project will also use suitable sherds to create an online fabric series. One of the most important outcomes of the project will be a fully searchable online database, and a demonstrator is available here.
The "Gazetteer of Aegean-type products in the west Mediterranean" website publishes a database focusing on Aegean-type and -derivative pottery in the central and west Mediterranean (Italian peninsula; Germany; and Iberia). It includes a browsable version of all sites, each on an individual page with a map, and an interactive tabular version that simplifies finding and comparing data. The database is complete and fully functional; it updates a version previously available in print only. In addition to Mycenaean pottery, local (especially Italic) imitations and other artefacts that have been connected to the Aegean are briefly presented. Rather than listing each individual artefact, the gazetteer aims at providing an updated overview of the archaeological evidence known so far. Both researchers and students may find it useful.
This website publishes about eighty professional medium resolution colour pictures of Early Bronze Age pots taken at the Georgian State Museum at Tblisi by Richard Heap. The pots come from the archaeological sites of Berikldebi; Dangreuli Gora; Didube; Gaitmazi; Khizanaant Gora; Kvatskhelebi; Ozni; Samshvilde; and Tsikhiagora. The bronze pins with double spirals from Gaitmazi have also been included. No captions are provided; clicking on the small pictures will open larger pictures in the browser. The whole collection, only partly published on this website, is available for purchase as a CD-ROM. These photographs may be useful to teaching staff.
From the University of Pennsylvania's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, this website looks at various aspects of glass manufacture over the six centuries in which Rome dominated the Mediterranean world. The site is easy to navigate and illustrated throughout with images of ancient glassware. Themes which are highlighted are: the origins of glassmaking and glassworking; colouration; mosaic ware; colourless glass; the role of slaves in glassmaking; and the weathering of glass. Each page gives only a very short summary of the topic but is fully referenced with bibliographies of modern works on the topics explored; this will enable those who are interested in the subject to pursue further research.
The Glassway project website focuses on all historical and scientific aspects of the glass industry in Europe. The "history of glass" section reviews glass production from the Bronze Age to the nineteenth century with the support of several pictures. Further historical information is available on the section about artistic glass. The "glass techniques" section is perhaps the most interesting, as all techniques, many of which invented in ancient times are presented. Many photographs of artisans at work and occasional educational videos help greatly in the understanding of the working techniques. There are also sections focusing on the physical characteristics of glass, industrial production from the Roman period to the latest advances, the impact of glass on the environment and a list of the principal European museums with glass collections. The navigation through the site is very pleasant and all sections are cross-linked and always accessible from any page. Occasionally, hyperlinks from the English version point to the original Italian version, but this is a minor annoyance as the language menu on the top is always visible and it is possible to change language with simplicity. This website is the result of an EU financed research project.
This website is a draft publication of the Project Troia (current excavations at Troy) and it publishes a catalogue of Greek, Roman and Byzantine pottery. For each class of materials there is a short description of the vessels found with drawings or colour pictures. Among the classes of pottery included are the Attic Red-Figure and Attic Black-Glaze wares; lamps; “Pale Porous” ware; Terra Sigillata wares; Knidian Relief Ware; Roman Lead Glaze and Red Slip wares; Pompeian-Red Ware; Byzantine Glazed wares; cooking and coarse vessels. It is possible to download the entire catalogue as a single PDF file or a TAR archive. An extensive bibliography is available. This website is a pre-print version; a special draft edition can be downloaded for free or a printed copy of the edition may be purchased by clicking on "purchase printed version". This website may be useful to researchers interested in Greek, Roman and Byzantine ceramics or Troy.
This website published by the library of the University of Heidelberg contains a significant number of free and full-text e-books on archaeology; Egyptology; and modern languages literature. It is possible to access digitised manuscripts (Bibliotheca Palatina; Codices Salemitani; and Heidelberger Handschriften) as well as documents and books on the region of Heidelberg; incunabula; documents about the university of Heidelberg; geological writings; art history books (especially nineteenth century European art); archaeology (Minoan, Mycenaeans, Greeks, Romans, Etruscans, iconography, pottery) and Egyptology books; literature of South Asia; World War I archival documents; and other special documents preserved at the university. It is possible to search or browse through the documents and books, mostly written in German. Among the texts are the full-text edition of Arthur J. Evans' "The Palace of Minos" and other works by Evans; works by Adolf Furtwängler, Bernard de Montfaucon, Heinrich Schliemann, William M. Flinders Petrie, and John Ward; and Matthew A. Sherring's "The sacred city of the Hindus: an account of Benares in ancient and modern times". The list of available books is increasing. Since fundamental works of archaeology in the public domain can be accessed through this website, archaeologists at all stages may find this website useful.
This is a Web-Based Teaching Course specialising in the history of Islamic Ceramics from the earliest period to the time of the "Great Empires". It is structured around ten historical sections which case-study the most significant periods and production centres throughout the history of Islamic ceramics, and is introduced by two general sections on ceramic technology. It is illustrated from the collections of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, and also by digitised clips of a Teaching Video entitled "Making Lustre Pottery with Alan Caiger-Smith". While most of the course is functional, there unfortunately appear to be a couple of sections that were never completed. In addition to the course itself, the site includes examples of past exam questions on the subject set by Oxford University. There are also essays on 'Abu'l-Qasim's Treatise on Ceramics' by J.W. Allan, and 'Esfahan: an unexpected pottery workshop' by Alan Caiger-Smith, which may both be read at the site. The course was initially created for use by students on the Islamic Art and Archaeology courses of the Oriental Institute, University of Oxford, but it was decided to make the site open access. It seems to be the only resource of its kind currently existing on the Web, and provides an easily navigable educational resource.
Kommos is an important Minoan settlement on the southern coast of Crete, in the Mesara region, which has yielded architectural and ceramic findings from the Neolithic to the Late Bronze Age. This website written by the excavation team summarises the evidence, publishes a few colour pictures and republishes in electronic format many of the printed final reports and studies on Kommos and the Mesara. Sites such as Phaistos, Aghia Triadha are frequently mentioned and the subject of some papers. Kommos was an important harbour in antiquity and buildings of palatial architecture, smaller than proper palaces, have been found in the settlement and may have been used for local administration. Some buildings may have been used for ship storage. Long-distance exchanges at Kommos are detected from pottery, which includes also Anatolian, Cypriot and Italic vessels. The Phoenicians appear to have continued to use the site for trade during the Iron Age. Some papers as well as unpublished data, including the field notebooks, are made available by the authors in the T-Space online research repository of the University of Toronto.
This website publishes the preliminary report on the second season of the 'Körös culture environment, settlement and subsistence' interdisciplinary archaeological project at Ecsegfalva, County Békés, Hungary - an important site for early Neolithic Körös culture (c. 6000-5500 BCE). The illustrated and referenced report provides some initial information that may be useful primarily to researchers. A key objective of the project has been to investigate in detail the local setting, including the water regime and vegetation in an attempt to recover new evidence for the character and duration of settlement and to examine the range and balance of both domesticated and wild resources.
This website publishes a gazetteer based on a survey of collections of prehistoric pottery, which was carried out by the University of Southampton. The Gazetteer is a tremendous new resource for investigation of not only later prehistoric pottery but also the later prehistory of England. It includes over 7100 Late Bronze Age to Late Iron Age collections, more than 2000 of which include full publication details. The database can be searched online or downloaded in a CVS format for spreadsheets (e.g. Excel). Researchers in particular may find this website useful.
This is the website of the Medieval Pottery Research Group, based in the United Kingdom. The focus of the Group's research interest is on the pottery vessels that were made, traded and used in Europe between the end of the Roman period and the 16th century. The website provides the full-text of the current group newsletter plus an archive of past versions (going back to April 1998 - number 30). In addition, there are tables of contents, abstracts (for volumes 19 onwards) and full subscription details for the journal Medieval Ceramics. There are also details of how to join as well as information about conferences, regional groups, relevant websites and a list of UK-based reference collections of ceramics. The latest issue of the newsletter can also be accessed in PDF format. Researchers in particular may find this website useful.
This website contains the searchable bibliography of the Medieval Pottery Research Group (MPRG). As of June 2007, the bibliography has about 12,000 entries. Records can be returned in short, medium or long format. Searches may be filtered on a combination of: geographic criteria (country, county, 10km grid square, parish/town); chronological criteria; ceramic category; report type and site type. There are alternative searches by author, by journal, or by year of publication.
This website is the official Internet presence of the civic museum of the prehistory of Basso Belice, a valley in southern Sicily. The site features introductions to the prehistory of Sicily and the area of the modern town of Partanna. This website also provides access to a database of many archaeological artefacts preserved in the museum, which can be searched from the home page by period or keyword. Most of the artefacts are ceramics and date from the Neolithic to the classical period. Thumbnails and a short string of text are available for each record as result of any search. By clicking on the thumbnail, the full record with a larger colour picture appears. This website is essential for the study of the prehistoric pottery of Sicily as the searchable collection of artefacts represents most of the ceramic styles of the prehistoric Sicilian cultures, including that of the Serra d'Alto, Diana, S. Cono-Piano Notaro, bell beaker, Castelluccio-Stile di Naro-Partanna and Thapsos.
This is the official website of the Museum of Montelupo Fiorentino,Italy, which conserves collections of local archaeology and ceramic productions. Section "Sistema Museale" provides information on the long tradition of ceramic production in the area (including maiolica vessels). The archaeological section contains short illustrated articles on local archaeological sites such as the Roman villa of Vergigno; the Late Bronze Age site of Bibbiani; and the Etruscan settlement of Montereggi. There are also basic information and contact details of the laboratories attached to the museum, including one specialised on scientific analyses; one on ceramics; and one on experimental archaeology. The museum also host an archive and a library. Section "mostre" publishes information on current and past temporary exhibitions; there are special pages on the Roman road "Via Quinctia" and the "Masterpieces of Renaissance ceramics" exhibition (full catalogue available). The website is still incomplete, but already usable. An English section was planned at the time of the review. Researchers and students interested in the local area or ceramics may find this website useful.
The official website of the museum of Oriental Ceramics of Osaka, Japan, includes an illustrated catalogue of its collections (under "collection" in the English version). Among the ceramics are examples of Chinese (Han-Tang; Song-Yuan; and Ming dynasties); Japanese; Vietnamese; and Korean (Silla; Koryo; and Choson dynasties) ceramics. The catalogue can be browsed clicking on a vertical bar with pictures of the artefacts. For each object there is a page usually containing two pictures; a short description; inventory number; height of the artefact; and dynasty. The Japanese version also includes Quicktime VR 3D renditions of selected vessels. This website may be useful to advanced students and researchers already familiar with ancient Asian ceramics.
The Nailsea Glassworks archive consists of a study of the glassworks in five principal parts: an introduction to the glassworks, a desk-top study, a summary of the known archaeological interventions between 1975 and 2004, a review of the technology, and the 'Human Story' (the economic and social impact of the glassworks). The Nailsea Glassworks, which was established in 1788 and operated until 1873, was regarded as one of the most significant glasswork in the UK during its time. Informal archaeology began on the site in 1975 and was soon followed by more serious investigations, carried out in response to development proposals, from 1983 onwards. The study presented in this archive was carried out by Andrew Smith and the Avon Archaeological Unit in response to the successful proposal put forward by Tesco Stores, Ltd (who have also sponsored this study). The website is easily navigable and is contained within one page. All files are available to download in PDF format and either as single large files (with internal links and for download over broadband/fast Internet connection) or as smaller chunks for dial-up Internet users. All downloadable files are described in terms of content or page numbers and users are required to accept the ADS terms and conditions prior to accessing the resource.
This website is published by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and focuses on the site of Irian Jaya, Indonesia (province of West New Guinea). A few illustrated articles concentrate on the pottery production, trade and consumption in the region. A short article focuses on the Sentani culture, which imported bronze object during the first millennium CE. The 'diaporama' (picture gallery) collects in one place all the many colour photos and drawings in the articles. There is a map and a bibliography.
"Potsherd" publishes an Atlas of Roman pottery and some additional data in support of Paul Tyers' book "Roman Pottery in Britain". The Atlas is an ambitious project and is far from completion, but it provides a fair introduction to some classes of Roman pottery, such as amphoras; coarse wares; fine wares (including glazed wares or faience); mortaria and terra sigillata. Short introductions with some drawings and pictures of each class of pottery are provided. The database focuses principally on Roman Britain, but there are also data from other areas of the Roman Empire. The database can be browsed selecting the classes of wares; region; or listing all entries. There are also searchable databases of Romano-British pottery kiln sites (based on V. G. Swan's "The pottery kilns of Roman Britain" London, 1984, Royal Commission on Historical Monuments: Supplementary Series 5); a database of terra sigillata (Samian forms) focusing on "the principal forms that circulate in Britain during the Roman period"; a table of concordance with "The National Roman fabric reference collection" (NRFRC). There are also two bibliographies, one based on the Journal of Roman Pottery Studies, vols 1-5, 1986-92 (focusing on Roman Britain); and one based on the Congress reports of the Société Française d'Étude de la Céramique Antique en Gaule (focusing on Greece). Most resources, including the bibliographies, can be mapped. Section "other topics" should not be overlooked, as it contains an article on studying and scanning pottery which can be useful to all those due to handle ancient ceramics for the first time. Radius measuring charts are available for download in PDF format. This website can be useful in teaching or to undergraduate students. This version of the site only includes the static pages so some features are not available.
This website introduces PotWeb - a project aimed at creating an online catalogue of the ceramics collections at the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford. The website has sections on collectors, vessel forms, the manufacture and the use of pottery. Although the website is expected to include a database of the collections, at the time of review it contained only educational resources on pottery for undergraduate students and the general public.
'Roman ceramics' offers an impressive database of recent bibliographic references and related research material for scholars interested in all aspects of Roman pottery including stylistic analysis and iconography, distribution studies and G.I.S and scientific analysis. A major part of the resource consists of the large, searchable bibliographies produced by the annual Rei Cretatiae Romanes Fautores conferences listing international ceramic publications between 1990-1999. Subject bibliographies on Sagalassos Ware, Hellenistic and Roman terracottas from Asia Minor, Roman ceramics from northern France and Roman amphoras from Britain provide a broader temporal survey of the specialist literature. There is also a large archive of photographs of Banassac pottery, a regional variant of terra sigillata (or Samian ware) produced in southern France in the 2nd second A.D. Links to other websites of ceramic interest are also provided including distribution lists and pottery study groups. The website does not appear to have been substantially added to since 1999 though more recent updates are flagged. It is unclear if more the more recent bibliographies stemming from the Rei Cretariae Romanes Factores conferences will be published in electronic form through this website. A Java-enabled browser is required for this resource though the pages can also be viewed in plain HTML. The overall site index appears to be obsolete.This resource will interest specialist researchers in roman pottery, particularly those interested in recent research in the non-English speaking world, but will also be useful to those working on the broader aspects of ancient trade, manufacturing and consumption and the application of scientific knowledge to these academic debates.
The "Saint Mary's University Archaeology Lab Ceramics Database" project website is an aid to help identifying ceramics from historic period contexts in archaeological sites of Nova Scotia. The collection of ceramics included in the database is not comprehensive, but the author mentioned future updates. The focus is largely on ceramics dating from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The ceramics are arranged roughly chronologically, starting with the earliest ceramic types. It is easy to access individual pages from the homepage. Popups need to be enabled to view the images at full size. Each record consists of a colour picture or two and a minimalist description, enough however to identify the ceramics. A bibliography at the end of the ceramic catalogue offers some references for more detailed descriptions of ceramic types. Students interested in historical archaeology, other than those focusing on Nova Scotia, may find this website useful.
This website publishes data from a research project on Classical-era Samian pottery focusing on Roman Britain. Samian pottery (terra sigillata) is one of the best quality data sources available for research in the Roman period. Its wide distribution, standardised typology and comparatively close dating combine to make this artefact class particularly amenable to analytical approaches. Examination of its archaeological occurrence reveals dimensions of patterning that provide a unique and exciting window upon the character of society and cultural practice during the Roman era. This study established the frequencies of common form types in proportion (or ratio) to each other within the Roman period which could be used as a tool by non-specialists to establish a likely date for a pottery group. The full synthesis is published as an article in issue 17 of Internet Archaeology. The data held in this website is a series of files in the following formats: MS Excel 2000; OpenOffice 1.0; and ASCII comma separated values.
This website publishes the preliminary reports of the excavations at Sepphoris, Israel, by the University of South Florida from 1993 to 2001. Some of the reports are illustrated, and should be treated with caution as more complete publications are available on paper. A revised edition of an academic paper appeared in Israel Exploration Journal [44, 3-4 (1994), pp. 216-227, and 45, 2-3 (1995), pp. 171-187] and entitled "Excavations at Sepphoris: The Location and Identification of Shikhin" by Strange, Groh and Longstaff is available along with a bibliography of early publications and a preliminary report Joan Keller on glass finds. This website acts as archive for reports of early excavations at Sepphoris and may be of interest especially to researchers. A separate website (Zippori) documents the results of recent excavations.
The Study Group for Roman Pottery, (SGRP), was formed in 1971 to further the study of the pottery of the Roman period in Britain; members are both professionals and amateurs. Its website provides a forum for the presentation and discussion of the latest research, and of issues affecting the subject and its practitioners. The website has the tables of contents of "The Journal of Roman Pottery Studies" from 1986, the latest edition of the SRGP newsletter, the full-text of "Guidelines for the Archiving of Roman Pottery" (edited by Margaret J Darling, 1994), and announces of forthcoming relevant events. The focus of the website is on Roman Britain and students in particular will not find here any useful introduction to Rome and Roman culture; students need also to be aware of the involvement of amateurs in the group and should maintain critical judgement on anything stated without support from adequate bibliographic references. This website may be useful to undergraduate students already familiar with Roman pottery although it is aimed at the general public.
The Worcestershire online fabric type series, the first part of the 'Pottery in Perspective' project and part of Worcestershire's Historic Environment Record, is a searchable online database that aims to provide information on prehistoric to c.1900ce pottery recovered from archaeological sites in Worcestershire. The online fabric type series database contains information on fabric (clay type and inclusions), manufacture, form, source, distribution and date. The database also contains numerous images of pottery sections and bibliographic references in order to aid identification and cross-referencing. Apart from the database, the resource contains a number of easy reference lists including a full listing of fabric types and forms as well as kilns whose products are found in Worcestershire. The References section provides a complete bibliography together with a small search interface. In terms of images the resource also contains an albums section with colour slide shows of Prehistoric, Roman and Medieval vessels together with an images section showing full vessels (unfortunately there are no scales on these images). The Worcestershire online fabric type series is an extremely useful and comprehensive resource and one that will continue to grow in the future. The site is easy to navigate and the search interface is intuitive and provides a save option to record useful searches. The graphics are clear and thumbnailed in the first instance for quick browsing.