Petrography and Conservation Lab

Tel. 972-3-6409664

Prof. Yuval Goren
Netta Halperin

This is what a thin section from a pottery shard looks like under the microscope.

Petrography comprises the mineralogical description and analysis of stone and pottery. This is carried out to establish where raw materials originated and, for pottery, how they were fabricated. Knowing the origins of raw materials helps the archaeologist establish and understand patterns of trade, manufacturing processes and even political organization. Petrography is usually done by examining thin-sectioned samples through a microscope. Excavated objects that are of unstable, corrodable materials, metals in particular, are also treated in our lab to insure their long-term preservation.