Tag Archives: Archaeological pots

Pottery Pieces from Antiquity


Kanto, Japan   3500 BC-2500 BC  ( Met Museum )

Ceramics from archaeological digs have traditionally played a vital role in the development of chronological sequences, with relative dating techniques such as typology, stratigraphy and seriation all used extensively. Direct radiocarbon dating of pottery is relatively uncommon due to the presence of carbon sources with differing ages, for example geological carbon remaining in the clay after firing, added organic temper, carbon from the fuel of the kiln and exogenous contaminants absorbed from the burial environment

A more promising source is provided by lipid residues absorbed into the pot wall, since these should relate directly to periods of use (Heron & Evershed 1993).An increasingly wide range of organic commodities has been identified from lipidic components of archaeological pottery, including those derived from beeswax, birch bark tar, degraded animal fats, plant oils and marine oils. Lipids absorbed within pottery are excellent candidates for routine C dating as they are widespread at most archaeological sites and often occur in high abundance. Lipids have fast metabolic turnover rates which ensure ages close to the date of death of the organism.

Some of the  renown antiquated pottery items from various Museums are displayed below. This is not presented in chronological order.



 Louvre Cyprus Jug 1230BC

Cyrprus Jug 1230BC Lourve




Ceramica,_vase_ansato Fiesole Archaeological Museum Italy




Artémis_Orthia_protomés National Archeological Museum Athens




3500BC Ancient city of Girsu Iran Vase_Telloh_Louvre




Bushel_ibex_Louvre_4200 BC Susa Iran




Mayan Pottery Figure



Chinese Pottery

Chinese Vase Shanghai Museum




Hallstatt Culture Vessel 10TH-6TH BCE



China Majiaoyao painted pottery




Ancient Ceramic Mask

Female Mask 5th-2nd Million BC

( Iraq Museum )



Jug_Louvre Cyprus

Jug Louvre – 1230bc Cyprus



Ancient Andes Pottery

Andean Ceramic Vessel Peru

( Minneapolis Institute of Arts )



Tang Dynasty Vase

Tang Dynasty Vase 618-907 AD




Terracotta_Skyphos_(Deep_Drinking_Cup) 4th century Greece



Keel shaped terracotta vase

Keel-shaped vase with wading birds and birds with open wings.

Terracotta, Susa I (4200–3800 BC), found in the necropolis of the Tell of the Acropolis.

Lourve  Museum


Andean Double Spout Vessel 900-200 B.C

( Minneapolis Institute of Arts )



Vase with four lobed body, Persia, 1100-1300



Menkaure and wife, egypt, 2500 BCE



Ancient Chinese Jug  ( Shanghai Museum )



From Iraq
9th century AD

This dish has been stamped with a rhyming couplet in four lines of Kufic script. The lines are from the Umayyad poet Muhammad Bashir ibn al-Khariji:

‘Do not abandon hope, long though the quest may endure
You will find ease of heart, if only you are patient.’

( British Museum )