Title: Firing Temperatures and Raw Material Sources of Ancient Hittite Ceramics of Asia Minor
Authors: Akça, E. ×
Arocena, J.
Kelling, G.
Nagano, T.
Degryse, Patrick
Poblome, Jeroen
Çambel, H.
Buyuk, G.
Tümay, T.
Kapur, S. #
Issue Date: Jan-2009
Publisher: Indian Ceramic Society
Series Title: Transactions of the Indian Ceramic Society vol:68 issue:1 pages:35-40
Abstract: The firing temperature and production technology together with the provenance and source materials
of a group of the Domuztepe (Cilicia, Turkey) Late-Hittite ceramics were studied by mineralogical
analyses. The mineralogical (presence of basaltic minerals and the formation of forsterite and tridymite
as high temperature minerals) results revealed that this group of Late-Hittite ceramics were products
of a mixture of local raw materials such as basalts (10-15%) and soils developed on olivine basalts
(70-75%). Evidence demonstrated that the potters of that period were highly aware of achieving temperatures
well around 1000°C, despite the lack of proficiency or unwillingness to sustain prolonged
firing durations, that later became the norm of cultures in Asia Minor.
ISSN: 0371-750X
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Division of Geology
Archaeology, Leuven
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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