Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the importance of ceramics in archaeology?

A. Ceramics are among the most valuable types of artifacts that archaeologists find. Many people know that ceramics are often used to determine when archaeological sites were occupied, but they are also used to address an array of other interesting issues. For example, through careful technological and stylistic analyses, ceramics can help us understand the ethnic or social identities of the people who made or used them, the economic networks they participated in, the religious ideologies they subscribed to, and even their ancient political affiliations.