Archaeometrlcal issues related to transcaucasian pottery from Georgia

Giorgio Trojsi, Matteo Positano, Giulio Palumbi, Antonio Di Lorenzo

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The ceramic fragments examined here come from the settlements of Kiketi, Medamgeis Gora, Kvatskhelebi and Satkhe; the first two are located in the region of Kvemo Kartli, south-eastern Georgia; Kvatskhelebi, in the Shida Kartli region, is one of the few stratified Bronze Age sites in Georgia, and is thus one of the most important points of reference for Caucasian Anatolian archaeology. Satkhe, recently discovered, lies near the present-day Turkish-Georgian border. The four sites have all been dated between the end of the fourth millennium and the first half of the third millennium B.C. Samples were analysed by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy with microanalyses (SEM-EDS), and observation of thin sections at the mineralogical microscope for chemical, physical and mineralogical characterisation; Other research aims were also: to hypothesize firing temperature; for better understanding of the techniques used to create the colouring of the ceramic walls; and to verify possible regional differences in the use of materials and techniques within the Transcaucasus. Results were preliminarily compared with data from the red-black pottery of Arslantepe, in southeastern Turkey.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239 - 246
Number of pages8
JournalPeriodico di Mineralogia
Issue numberSPL.ISSUE
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geophysics
  • Geology
  • Geochemistry and Petrology

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Trojsi, G., Positano, M., Palumbi, G., & Di Lorenzo, A. (2002). Archaeometrlcal issues related to transcaucasian pottery from Georgia. Periodico di Mineralogia, 71(SPL.ISSUE), 239 - 246.