Material analyses are part of the standard applications of interdisciplinary archaeology in order to classify and to interpret the quality of materials and their technological properties. The procedures are often employed to illustrate processes starting with the extraction of raw materials to the production, use, and deposition of objects including also biogenic residues. Frequently the applications are utilized in the study of origins of ancient pottery which in turn permits conclusions about trade relations and consumer habits. Material analyses are routinely also used in conservation sciences as a prerequisite for the introduction of conservation measures.
Under the direction of: Pamela Fragnoli