Ceramics in archeology

Studies are focused on the pottery production process and the production of construction ceramics and a variety of ceramic items. The analysis of individual phases of chain of operations are conducted in order to reconstruct and understand the entire manufacturing process that turns raw material into a final object or vessel. The results of such research have a direct impact on archaeological interpretation which applies in particular to the organization of production, social organization, traditions and identity. The research objectives are to establish standards for ceramic analysis, to establish the basis for the creation of a database and educate through the organization of workshops and lectures.

During the research, the following methods and sources are used:

  • Archaeometry of ceramics - analysis of raw materials and archaeological ceramics: petrography and mineralogical analysis, simultaneous thermal, chemical analysis etc.
  • Analysis of ceramics fresh fracture using a digital microscope (Dino Lite).
  • Macroscopic trace analysis of the pottery production and use
  • Systematic experimental studies
  • Ethno-archaeological analogy


Activities / Organization of conferences / round tables / workshops / seminars

Study group for pottery in archaeology

Day of experimental archaeology



  • 2013 - 2014 Experimental archeology to the technology of production of ceramic vessels in prehistory (coordinator Centre for Experimental Archaeology in collaboration with the Institute of Archaeology)
  • 2013 - 2015 bilateral project “Pottery in prehistoric cultures, with an emphasis on the Hallstatt culture in the Croatian and Austrian Danubian region“, interdisciplinary research in co-operation with the Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering of the University of Zagreb and the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) from Vienna, Austria (voditelj projekta prof.dr.sc. Marta Mileusnić, suradnik Andreja Kudelić).


Scholarships / cooperation

  • cooperation with the Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering, University of Zagreb, Department of Geology and Mineral Resources
  • Center for Experimental Archaeology in Zagreb, a nonprofit organization
  • http://www.cexa-zg.org/novosti.html
  • Research project and specialization: Pottery technology in the Bronze Age: thin-section ceramic petrography (A. Kudelić) at the laboratory of the Hungarian National Museum (mentor: A. Kreiter) – Bilateral (Croatia-Hungary) scholarship of the Hungarian Government (Tempus Public Foundation) and the Republic of Croatia (Agency for Mobility and EU Programs), lasting five months, 2017/2018.

Goranka Lipovac Vrkljan, Ana Konestra, Ivana Ožanić Roguljić, Andreja Kudelić, Kristina Jelinčić Vučković



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