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Petrography for Archeologists

March 9 - March 10, 2016

Phoenix, AZ

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Register NowNCPTT, in partnership with the National Park Service, Friends of NCPTT, Southern Arizona Office and the Center for Historic Architecture and Design (CHAD) in the University of Delaware’s School for Public Policy and Administration, will offer a two-day, hands-on course on thin-section petrographic analysis of archeological ceramics for NPS employees and partners. Dr. Chandra Reedy has hosted successful hands-on workshops for the National Park Service and has developed online courses through the Preservation Technology and Training Grants Program. Polarized light microscopy of stone and ceramics, known as thin-section petrography, is a crucial tool for the study of ancient and historic objects.

The workshop will begin with an introduction to polarized light microscopy as a method for identifying minerals. Subsequent sessions will focus on analysis of cultural materials made of stone (igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic) and on pottery, terracotta sculptures, bricks, tiles, and clay core materials from bronze castings.

Scientist examines stone sample beside microscope. A two-day hands-on workshop on the uses of polarized light microscopy for the study of cultural materials, held in Phoenix, AZ. Learn petrographic analysis of:

  • Stone

  • Pottery

  • Terracotta Sculpture

  • Brick

  • Tile

  • Clay Core Materials


Petrographic sample under magnification. Who Should Come?

  • Archeologists

  • Conservators

  • Conservation Scientists

  • Preservation Professionals

  • Students, and more…



Register NowSince workshops and conferences fill quickly, please sign up as early as possible. If you need to withdraw from an event, you must inform us in writing via email tad_britt@nps.gov or fax (318) 521-5641.

Cancellations more than 30 days prior to an event will be fully refunded less a $30 administrative fee. No refunds will be available for cancellations within 30 days of the event, but funds may be credited towards a future NCPTT event. In the unlikely event that NCPTT must cancel an event, you may choose a full refund of the registration fee or a credit for a future NCPTT event.

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March 9, 2016
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3636 North Central Avenue #410, Phoenix, AZ 85012 United States
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