The institute's ceramic study collection is intended primarily as a teaching
tool. Pottery is an archaeologist's bread and butter. Much of our chronology
and understanding of culture and historical process is in some way dependent
on an understanding of pottery--how it differs from region to region and
how it changes over time. The collection includes several hundred complete
and intact vessels from the archaeological periods up to the end of the
Iron Age (circa 600-500 BCE). The great majority of forms in use during
these periods are represented, being housed in glass vitrines organized
in chronological order. An extensive shard collection is also available,
also arranged chronologically. Shards are what archaeologists usually
encounter in the field and this is what students need to be able to identify.
The study collection may be seen by appointment with Gabriella Bachi.