Pottery Decoration

Lab 2

Introduction to Archaeology


Surface Treatment: Surface treatment and decoration of vessels varies. Treatment may range from untreated to slipped, incised, impressed, painted, and burnished. Note some of the treatments pictured below.

Painted Pottery: The surface can be painted. Paint can be applied before or after the baking process.


Impressed Wares: This consists of designs impressed into the soft clay surface.

Note the shell tool which was used to impress designs into the backed clay surface above.


Incised Wares: Incised wares are surface treated by literally cutting the design into the surface.


Burnishing: This is accomplished by rubbing the leather hard, unbaked surface with a stone or stick.


Corrugated Ware: In this case coiled pottery whose coils have been flattened.


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