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Analysis of paint on prehistoric pottery from Late Neolithic Tell Arbid Abyad (north-eastern Syria)



Year of publication 2017
Type Chapter of a book
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Faculty of Arts

Description This chapter summarises the results of investigations of paint on Late Neolithic pottery from Tell Arbid Abyad in north-east Syria. The research focused on the composition of pigments, but also considered the production technology of painted pottery. We analysed the paint and fabric of ten sherds. The analysis revealed that the principal pigments used were iron compounds. Painting after fi ring the pottery, followed by refiring was proved in some cases. The presence of minerals formed due to the firing of calcium-rich clay (gehlenite, diopside) documents firing temperatures above 850–900°C. However, the lustrous paints of the sample no. 6 could not have been preserved at temperatures above 850°C. This publication follows the previous petrographic investigation of the mineral and chemical composition of the pottery fabric from Tell Arbid Abyad (Gregerová et al. 2013).
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