Online database mapping ancient Greek ceramic production
A database mapping centres of ceramics production across nearly 5000 years of Greek history has been created by scientists to aid archaeologists working in Greece. It currently lists over 600 Greek kiln locations dating between 3000 BC and 1820 AD.
Ceramic kilns can provide information about the local production, in terms of clay recipes, shapes, styles of decoration and scale of operation. The ceramics found in association with a kiln can help date the kiln, but in other cases an empty kiln can be sampled and dated through archaeomagnetism, a method for dating burnt archaeological materials. The database was created after a list of 450 kilns was made for the purpose of a dissertation on ceramic kilns, which needed sifting through stacks of hard-copy archaeological reports in Greek and obtaining excavation reports that had not yet been formally published. According to the creators, Eleni Hasaki, Lauren Alberti, Konstantinos T. Raptis, Gary Christopherson, Tawny Lochner and Lizeth Mora, the database should help archaeologists on the ground who uncover kiln sites to quickly find similar cases in the same region or of the same period or of the same type, without having to wait for the final publication of a kiln site, often several years after its discovery. With the use of the database researchers can search and narrow the results by criteria such as geographical area, time period, kiln type and size, obtaining information about the kiln site, as well as bibliographical references.