Ceramics, pottery, bricks and statues

Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) as well as Thermoluminescence (TL) can be applied to heated objects made from clay.

TL dating of non-diagnostic ceramics compared to fabric/typological context estimates (from Barnett 2000)

While the typology of ceramics is a backbone of many archaeological chronologies, establishing the age directly for certain types of ceramics is sometimes required. Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) as well as Thermoluminescence (TL) can be applied to heated objects made from clay.

  • Ceramic/pottery dating to establish chronologies or the age of a site

  • Brick dating to provide detailed insight into building histories

  • Statues made of pottery or their clay core for the manufacturing date

  • Authenticity dating of ceramic objects, pottery or statues to determine if objects are fake

  • Reproducibility of multiple aliquot procedures is enhanced by lexsyg heater plate performance

Barnett SM (2000) Luminescence dating of pottery from later prehistoric Britain. Archaeometry 42: 431-457

Lamothe M (2004) Optical dating of pottery, burnt stones, and sediments from selected Quebec archaeological sites. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences 41: 659-667

Bouquillon A, Zink A & Porto E (2010) The Louvre Tanagras in the light of scientific analysis. Authenticity, Materials, Provenances. In: Jeammet V (Ed. Tanagras -Figurines for life and eternity - The musee du louvre's collection of greek figurines. 286-309, Fundacion Bancaja Valencia