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The next step is to provide a sensible date-range for batches of sherds and other artefacts.Dates fall into specific categories as defined by the chart of archaeological time periods introduced in 1819 by Thomsen's 'Three Age System' of Stone Age, Bronze Age, and Iron Age.

Many thanks I also have a piece of Zuni Pottery from the archives of the Smithsonian, collect by Bill Stevenson in 1880-1882. Rob I have an approximately 8 inch tall pot with square and rectangular designs in cream, black, brown and rusty colors that have been piped on it.In order to analyse pottery the expert in ancient ceramics will consider the known classifications of pottery and attempt to interpret artefacts in terms of their chronology, function and tradability.To achieve this task, specialist laboratories have been established in major universities, museums and in business using traditional and modern examination methods.The years before 5000 BC are believed to be the pre-pottery period, the first primitive stonewares being found in the late Neolithic age.Undamaged artefacts are easy to recognise and classify.The analyst must search for clues in the historical references learned from lengthy studies of early ceramics.The raw material used, the process of forming or moulding, the colours applied, the style or shape, any patterns or inscriptions, the firing method and finally, any wear or usage marks, are all considerations necessary before an accurate estimation of the item can be proposed.How would I send you a picture to confirm if it is actually Roman?It looks like a rim of a vessel and has a pattern embossed around it.Potsherds, on the other hand, are like a tricky, three-dimensional jigsaw puzzle where all the pieces might not even be there.The reconstruction of a ceramic artefact by piecing together all of its sherds is a meticulous undertaking.

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