Dating of fired clay by the rehydroxylation method

Project: Research

Project Details


A new method has been developed to date fired clay. The method measures the amount of water re-absorbed (rehydroxylation) by the material since it was first fired to calculate how much time has passed.
The project will take place in two steps. In step one, modern, well-defined material will be tested. The second step will focus on archaeological material. Measurement of the well-defined material will allow for development of the technique under controlled conditions. The archaeological samples are also well-characterized, but will be more difficult to test due to large variations in composition, in addition to, possible contamination during use and burial.
Effective start/end date01/01/201430/06/2016


  • Carlsberg Foundation