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[17-21 Oct 2011, Greece] Physical and chemical properties of clays and archaeological ceramics

This is a one-week training activity with classes and laboratory work. Class topics include the formation, nature and properties of clays and how these parameters affect pottery production and use. Furthermore, the effect of firing on the development of the ceramic materials and their microstructure will be discussed, to shed light on ceramic technology. Practical work will include the characterisation of clays, test laboratory specimens and archaeological ceramics by XRD, SEM-EDS, FTIR, and XRF in order to introduce the techniques in the study of ceramic technology and provenance.

Host Organisation: National Centre for Scientific Research “Demokritos”
Dates: October 17-21, 2011
Location: N.C.S.R. Demokritos, 15310 Aghia Paraskevi, Athens, Greece (

No. of places available: max 20 participants

Open to the public: Yes (subject to availability – NARNIA fellows have priority) 
Fee: free course

Deadline for registration: 7th October 2011

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