The LCP is a collaborative venture of archaeologists working on Levantine ceramics of all eras—from the Neolithic era (c. 5500 B.C.E.) through the Ottoman period (c. 1920). The LCP website is a digital resource where anybody can submit and find information about wares, shapes, specific vessels, scientific analyses, kiln sites, and chronology. Our goal is to build a robust digital tool that will make available an enormous data set, link scholars, and foster research throughout this vital region.
Data on the chemical composition of pottery is an important tool in analysis of provenance and the history of pottery technology. Chemical data can be obtained by a variety of techniques, including Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA), Inductively-Coupled Plasma Spectrography (ICP), X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF), Wet Chemistry, and others. The results generally take the form of a table, giving the concentrations by mass (weight) of each measured element for each pottery or clay sample. The pottery sampled for chemical analysis may, or may not, be the same as pottery sampled for petrographic analysis.
This web-site hosts files containing chemical composition data for Levantine pottery, and links to externally hosted files containing such information. The format of these files varies: some of the more popular formats include Microsoft® Excel® spreadsheets, fixed-format tables, comma-separated tables, and scanned images. Most, but not all, of these are machine-readable.