Pottery is one of the most common categories of finds in archaeological research. Both the methods of production and basic shapes change through time. For this reason it is often possible to assign pottery finds to a specific period or culture making this sort of analysis important for the dating of sites, certainly when other methods are not available. Next to this it can offer insight into the society that produced it, for example study of the composition of a pottery complex (what forms are there and what does this tell us about their functions?) or regarding the specific context (what sorts of pottery for what purposes?). Even societal relationships may be construed to a certain extent. Pottery is, therefore, not just the tangible remains of of a culture but also the legacy of the potter him/herself.
Archol has a lot of experience of analysis of pottery from the prehistoric, Roman, middle ages and 'modern' periods in regular collaboration with the specialists of Leiden university. Detailed technological and typo-morphological research is carried out by the Laboratory for Pottery studies. Our specialists are also available to external parties. Contact us for a tender.