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Online database mapping ancient Greek ceramic production | ArchaeoFeed
A database mapping centres of ceramics production across nearly 5000 years of Greek history has been created by scientists to aid archaeologists working in Greece. It currently lists over 600 Greek kiln locations dating between 3000 BC and 1820 AD. Map of the kilns in the database (by University of Arizona ) Ceramic kilns can provide information about the local production, in terms of clay recipes, shapes, styles of decoration and scale of operation. The ceramics found in association with a kiln can help date the kiln, but in other cases an empty kiln can be sampled and dated through archaeomagnetism, a method for dating burnt archaeological materials. The database was created after a list of 450 kilns was made for the purpose of a dissertation on ceramic kilns, which needed sifting through stacks of hard-copy archaeological reports in Greek and obtaining excavation reports that had not yet been formally published. According to the creators, Eleni Hasaki, Lauren Alberti, Konstantinos