Provenance study of the archaeological pottery of northeast India
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Study of ancient pottery provides information on many aspects of past, which includes the chronology, trade and technology and it helps to identify the different cultural groups and their influence on one another. The main objective of this thesis will be to analyze a representative assembly of pottery from the various archaeological sites of Northeast India of Neolithic and historical period. Mineral characterization of clay, identification of tempering material, and ascertaining firing range are some of highlights of study. This will help in reconstructing manufacturing techniques of pottery samples studied. This work is part of study that aims to build a broad regional sequence in Northeast India of pottery traditions in prehistoric and historical period. Various analytical techniques have been used in present study to achieve these objectives: Powder X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), Thin Section Petrography, micro-Raman Spectroscopy, Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)-coupled with Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), Micro Hardness Tester (MHT), Mohs’ Scale and Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS).
Supervisor: Sukanya Sharma
HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES