1 Introduction: Ceramic Archaeometry and Paste Analysis

Paste analysis is essential in the study of archaeological ceramics. These analyses can be performed through different strategies that have diverse scale, accuracy, precision, complexity and sophistication. We can roughly distinguish between macroscopic and microscopic or archaeometric analysis. Although in practice both types of approaches are usually combined, this book is basically centred on the archaeometric study of ceramic pastes and fabrics. That is why it is appropriate to start this chapter conducting a brief evaluation of the basic fundaments of Archaeometry and its current role in the investigation of past societies.

Archaeometric studies of pastes and fabrics are fundamental ...

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