Dating artifacts methods

Earthenware has a relatively soft, porous body that would not contain liquids without a glaze.

The vessel was fired at a relatively low temperature, in the range of 1,000 to 1,200 degrees C.

It is typically recovered in the form of small, thick chunks.

Surface treatments centered on lead glazes, both clear and colored.

Common surface treatments by other producers included: undecorated, plain; clear lead glaze; lead with manganese glaze (brown or black color) (1, 2); and a white or yellow slip under a clear lead glaze.

If the surface feels sticky, then it is earthenware.

Pastes fall into three categories: earthenware, stoneware, and porcelain.

The categories correspond to the level of vitrification.

The most frequent expressions are in the form of containers and table service.

Seven basic variations in the ware-fabric or body are recognized for the research area: redware, faience, yellowware, creamware, pearlware, whiteware, and ironstone.-Redware has a distinctly red body, hence its name. The body is softest of all the earthenwares and fractures easily.

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