CERAMIC OF CALTAGIRONE: FROM PRODUCTION TO ARCHAEOMETRIC CHARACTERIZATION

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CERAMIC OF CALTAGIRONE: FROM PRODUCTION TO ARCHAEOMETRIC CHARACTERIZATION

Anna Maria Gueli*, Emanuele Nicastro***, Antonella Privitera*,***,
Giuseppe Stella*,**, Sebastiano Olindo Troja*

* LDL&BBCC, Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia e INFN, University of Catania, Italy (Questo indirizzo email è protetto dagli spambots. È necessario abilitare JavaScript per vederlo., Questo indirizzo email è protetto dagli spambots. È necessario abilitare JavaScript per vederlo.)
** CIRES, Facoltà di Medicina, University of Catania, Italy (Questo indirizzo email è protetto dagli spambots. È necessario abilitare JavaScript per vederlo.)
*** I.S.A.C. “Luigi Sturzo” of Caltagirone, Italy (Questo indirizzo email è protetto dagli spambots. È necessario abilitare JavaScript per vederlo.)

Abstract
This work presents the first results obtained in an experimental study of ceramic material, produced with raw materials of the territory of Caltagirone. This site stands as one of the principal centers of ceramics production in Sicily and in southern Italy. This activity is attested since Neolithic Age and still represents a vivid tradition (A. RAGONA). The ceramic material under study consists of specimens moulded with clay of Caltagirone and consolidated by controlled firings. Some of these specimens were subjected to fluorescence X and Colorimetric measurements to identify the differences between their characteristics and correlations with various firing conditions and raw materials.

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