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Application of the Fabrication Techniques and Provenancesof Bronze Age Pottery from Seosan Sinsongri Sitein Mid-Western Korea

R. H. Kim, C. H. Lee


This study was performed to investigate the fabrication techniques and provenances of the raw materials of Bronze Age pottery excavated from the Sinsongri site in Seosan, Korea. We conducted macroscopic and microscopic observations in the analysis of mineralogical and geochemical characteristics of pottery. Pottery from the Sinsongri site was sorted into smooth and coarse types according to surface texture. The smooth type was composed of chlorite -vermiculite, quartz, feldspar, and mica below 0.5 mm, but the coarse type contained no chlorite-vermiculite, reflecting the principal difference in raw materials. In addition, there were significant differences between the types in geochemical variations. The pottery might have been produced near the site,
but the degree of differentiation or weathering was somewhat different depending on the source of the clay. All the pottery was made from sandy clay after a simple refining process, and it is assumed that the firing temperature of the pottery from the Sinsongri site was about or less than 800 °C.


Bronze Age pottery, materialcharacteristics,firing temperature, provenance.

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