Determining the Firing Temperature of Low-Fired Ancient Pottery: An Example from the Donghulin Site, Beijing, China

Authors

  • J. Zhu,

    1. Key Laboratory of Vertebrate Evolution and Human Origin of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, P. R. China
    2. University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, P. R. China
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  • Y. Zhang,

    1. University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, P. R. China
    2. Xi'an Jiaotong University Museum, Xi'an, Shaanxi, P. R. China
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  • T. Wang,

    1. Key Laboratory of Vertebrate Evolution and Human Origin of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, P. R. China
    2. University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, P. R. China
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  • C. H. Zhao,

    1. Peking University, Beijing, P. R. China
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  • J. C. Yu,

    1. Beijing Municipal Institute of Cultural Relics, Beijing, P. R. China
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  • M. D. Glascock,

    1. Research Reactor Center, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, USA
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  • C. S. Wang

    Corresponding author
    1. Key Laboratory of Vertebrate Evolution and Human Origin of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, P. R. China
    2. University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, P. R. China
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Abstract

The traditional thermal expansion method using a dilatometer fails to accurately determine the original firing temperatures of low-fired ancient pottery. For this reason, we have developed an improved method of determining firing temperatures for low-fired pottery. This paper explains the theory of the improved method and presents the reasonably satisfactory results obtained on ancient pottery from the Donghulin site (c. 10 000 bp). The method and the results are very important for the study of ancient pottery culture and clay moulds used for bronze casting.

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