13 Raw Materials, Techniques and Sequences: Fabrics

The difference between paste and fabric is based on the fact that the first relate to the features of the material in its unfired state. In contrast, fabrics involve the compositional features of the material after firing. This distinction is relevant since the firing process determines, in part, the final composition of the end products. Pottery fabrics can be established through chemical, petrological, mineralogical and textural analyses of the sherds focused on the composition of the paste after the firing process. Furthermore, the establishment of fabrics permits us to know the varied products associated with an archaeological context. However, it should be stressed that there is no direct ...

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