Archaeological Ceramics

Charles C. Kolb, Associate Editor

New Publications

The proceedings of a conference on sixth and seventh century ceramics in Italy held in honor of John W. Hayes at the American Academy of Rome, the British School at Rome, and the University of Rome in 1995 were recently published in two volumes. This significant work, edited by L. Sagui, is entitled Ceramica in Italia: VI-VII secolo: Atti del Convengo in onore di John W. Hayes, Roma 11-13 maggio 1995 (Florence: Edizioni All’Insegna del Giglio, Biblioteca di Archeologia Medievale 14, 1998. 822 pp., numerous illustrations, ISBN 88-7814-1128-3, Italian Lira 120,000 [approximately $77.00 U.S. currency]). These volumes contain 31 long articles and 25 short contributions. The contributions consider the classes of pottery traded throughout the Mediterranean World: ARS (with contributions by Hayes, Mackensen, Tortorella, Bonifay, and Fontana, among others), DSP (authored by Rigoir), Late Roman C ware (by Martin), lamps (written by Pabolini), amphorae (contributions by Keay, Arthur, and Pacetti, and others), and regionally-based articles on ceramics beginning with northern Italy. Clementina Panella prepared the conclusions. Additional information about this two-volume set is available from the publisher: Edizioni All’Insegna del Giglio, Via R. Giuliani 152 r., Firenze, 50141, Italy.

A volume entitled Explaining Change in the Matt-Painted Pottery of Southern Italy: Cultural and Social Explanations for Ceramic Development from the 11th to the 4th Centuries B.C. by Edward Herring was recently published as a number in British Archaeological Reports (Oxford, England: Archaeopress, British Archaeological Reports BAR S722, 1998. 255 pp., 176 illustrations [line drawings, maps, and photographs], ISBN 0-86954-899-6, Pounds Sterling 32.00). The author examines native Matt-Painted pottery from the Iron Age and Classical Southern Italy within the context of native social change and the relationships between the Greeks and natives. It is an attempt to move away from a purely typological approach to Matt-Painted pottery and to assess it within its cultural context, casting light on ceramic innovation and sociocultural development. Additional information may be obtained from the publisher by e-mail: The volume is available from Hadrian Books Ltd, 122 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 7BP (telephone and FAX: +44(0)1865-311914). The North American distributor through which the volume may be ordered is David Brown Book Co., P. O. Box 511, Oakville, CT 06779; Telephone 800/791-9354, FAX 860/945-9468.

Published late last year is Materials Analysis of Byzantine Pottery, edited by Henry Maguire (Washington, DC: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, 1997. vii +175 pp. 131 figures, 10 plates, 8 tables, 354 footnotes, and 15 references, ISBN 0-88402-251-X [hardbound, printed on alkaline paper], $75.00). This specialized volume contains nine papers, all but one of which had been presented at a colloquium held at Dumbarton Oaks, April 1-2 1995. The emphasis of these contributions is the analysis of glazed tiles from the collections of the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore and at Dumbarton Oaks; a corpus of tiles at the museum at Sevres, France; sgraffito ware from Seres and Thesoloniki; and Zeuxippus ware from Italy. The authors of the papers include Armstrong and Hatcher; Gerard, Metzger, Person, and Soldini; Durand; Vogt, Bouquillon, Dubus, and Querre; Lauffenburger and Williams; Berti and Gelichi; Waksman and Spieser; Papanikola-Bakirtzis; and Wisseman, De Sena, Landsberger, Ylangan, Altaner, and Moore. The volume can be ordered through Dumbarton Oaks A review of this volume by Charles Kolb will appear in the 1999 issue of the Journal of Roman Archaeology.

The American Ceramic Society has announced the publication of The Prehistory and History of Glassmaking Technology, edited by Patrick McCray and W. David Kingery (Westerville, OH: American Ceramic Society, Ceramics and Civilization, Vol. VIII, 1998. 351 pp., ISBN 1-57498-041-6; $95.00 list price, $76.00 for ACerS Members [hardbound]). Collectively, the chapters in this volume consider the technical developments that took place in glassmaking, as well was associated social and cultural phenomena, for the period 3000 B.C. to A.D. 1800. Major topics include glass as a form of material culture, the technology of glassmaking, glassmaking and its cross-craft interactions with other technologies, and ancient and historical glassmaking in its social and historical contexts. Further information may be obtained from The American Ceramic Society, P.O. Box 6136, Westerville, OH 43086-6136, telephone 614/794-5890, FAX 614/794-5892, e-mail: (Order Code CC08). The ACerS website is accessible at:

The American Ceramic Society is also the publisher of technical serials including Journal of the American Ceramic Society (monthly print and annual CD-ROM versions), Ceramic Bulletin (12 issues per year), Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings (5 issues per annum), and the annual ceramicSOURCE 2000. For ceramic artisans and craftspersons, ACerS also publishes Ceramics Monthly (10 issues per annum), a new magazine Pottery Making Illustrated (4 issues per year), and Potters Guide 1999 (published annually). Additional information may be obtained by e-mail: The potters’ journals have their own websites: and


EMAC ‘99, the Fifth European Meeting on Ancient Ceramics: Modern Trends in Research and Applications is scheduled for 18-10 October 1999 in Aghia Paraskevi, a suburb of Athens (11 km from the center of the city). This conference is organized by the Laboratory of Archaeometry, Institute of Materials Science, National Centre for Scientific Research "Demokritos," Aghia Paraskevi, 15310 Attiki, Greece. The Organizing Committee includes Y. Maniatis, V. Kilikoglou, C. Michael, G. Vekinis, A. Hein, and E. W. Faber. The meeting will include formal presentations and discussions on some recent developments in the field of ceramic studies. The official language of the meeting will be English. Special emphasis will be given to the integrated approaches of scientific and archaeological/typological methods. The organizers also encourage the submission of papers with a sound interpretation of scientific data as well as contributions on methodology.

The organizers plan to group together the oral and poster presentations on specific topics, and the oral presentation will include invited or review papers "on subjects that are likely to generate speculation (debate)." Five topics have been proposed: 1) Chemical, physical, and mineralogical characterization for provenance and technology: 2) methodological considerations; 3) studies of kiln materials and the reconstruction of kiln function; 4) handling data; and 5) developments on dating. The proceedings of the meeting will be published. Additional information about the submission of abstracts (hardcopy and electronic versions must be submitted) may be obtained by e-mail:, telephone +30-1-6503392, FAX +30-1-6519430, or by writing to: EMAC 99, c/o Laboratory of Archaeometry, Institute of Materials Science, N.C.S.R. Demokritos, Aghia Paraskevi, 15310 Attiki, Greece. The deadline for the receipt of the abstracts is 31 May 1999. A "First Circular" may also be obtained at the address listed above.

"Mesoamerican Ceramic Figurines, Too: More Interpretations" is the title of a symposium organized by Charles C. Kolb (National Endowment for the Humanities) and Cynthia Otis Charlton (Independent Scholar) and submitted for the Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting to be held in Chicago, 24-28 March 1999. Kolb will also chair the session. Papers will be presented by James J. Sheehy; Warren T. D. Barbour; Kim C. Goldsmith; Lisa M. Montiel; Janet Montoya; Sue Scott; Jan Olsen, Michael Smith, and Elizabeth Dipippio; Charles C. Kolb; and Cynthia Otis Charlton. An open discussion will follow the presentations.

"The 15th Conference on Clay Mineralogy and Petrology of the Czech and Slovak National Clay Group" was held 6-9 September 1998 in Brno, Czechoslovakia. Approximately 250 persons from twenty countries attended. The Conference Chairman, Petr Sulovsky (Department of Mineralogy, Masaryk University, Brno), created a website for the conference (http://www/ The site includes "General Information," "Conference Program," "Papers Presentation," and a link to the abstracts of the papers presented at this meeting.

Ceramics on the Listserves

"CERAMICS-L," an Archaeological Ceramics Discussion List, was formed on 17 February 1998 by Tom Brunton, a Graduate Student at State University of New York at Buffalo. This list was developed for the scholarly discussion of all aspects of archaeological ceramics. Topics include all time periods and geographic areas in order to foster cooperation and the exchange of ideas across the discipline. Likewise, discussion is encouraged on all subjects related to ceramics, ranging from technology to style. To subscribe, send a message to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.ACSU.BUFFALO.EDU. with no message in the subject line, but with the following message in the text: <SUB CERAMICS-L Your First-name Last-name>.

"ARCH-L," an archaeology list owned by David L. Carson (Anthropology Department, Texas A&M University), currently has more than two thousand subscribers in fifty countries (1,476 are from the United States, 110 from Canada, and 109 from Great Britain). Archaeological ceramics are among the topics considered. Subscriptions may be sent to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.TAMU.EDU. leaving the subject line blank, but with the following message in the text: <SUB ARCH-L Your First-name Last-name>. Log files of past ARCH-L postings are available on the web at

"CLAYART," the Ceramic Arts Discussion Group, is a forum for the discussion of issues relating to clay and ceramics. This moderated listserve is particularly useful to art potters in academia, private studios, and galleries, but the postings include such topics as aesthetic issues, technical problems and solutions, exhibition opportunities, workshops and seminars, conference information, reviews (exhibitions, books, and videos), job announcements, and grant information. The list moderator is Joe Molinaro, Associate Professor of Art, Eastern Kentucky University; the co-moderator and Ceramics Web Coordinator is Richard Burkitt, Associate Professor of Art, San Diego State University. Subscriptions may be sent to LISTSERV@LSV.UKY.EDU. leaving the subject line blank, but with the following message in the text: <SUBSCRIBE CLAYART Your First-name Last-name>. All messages are automatically archived and the CLAYART database is accessible at LISTSERV@UKCC:INFO DATABASE. The San Diego State University has some selected CLAYART archives available at their "CeramicsWeb" URL:

"PotteryInfo" is a new website announced on 3 March 1998 by Marshall Talbott. He reports that this website features bulletin boards "with the potter in mind." Although like CLAYART the site is designed for the art potter, the website bears watching since archaeologists can learn a great deal from contemporary art potters and practicing artisans. The website URL is: The 12 bulletin boards include: Kilns and Kiln Building, Raku and Pit Firing, Glazing Techniques and Finishes Other than Fired, Glaze Composition – High Fire, Glaze Compositions – Medium and Low Fire, Firing Schedules and Techniques, Workshops/ Conferences/Exhibitions/Fairs, Business of Clay, Equipment Recommendations and Supply Sources, Wanted and For Sale, Claybodies, and Production Methods. Marshall can be reached at "Pottery by Celia," Route 114, P. O. Box 4116, Naples, Maine 04055-4116, Telephone 207/693-6100, and by e-mail:

Ceramics on the Web

The December 1997 issue of Antiquity (Volume 71, Number 274) includes a "Special Review Section: Electronic Archaeology" (1997:1026-1075) that our readers will find informative. Electronic archaeology centers on the Internet (text files, e-mail, file transfer, and Telenet) and its hypertext- and graphics-capable arm, the World Wide Web (WWW); it also includes CD-ROM and its successors, and electronic archives. Sara Champion and Christopher Chippendale wrote an introduction and authored several of the 12 essays. The topics considered (and their authors) include a survey of archaeology on the WWW (Sara Champion), Internet Archaeology as an electronic journal (Julian D. Richards, Alan Vince, and Sandra Garside-Neville), electronic journal publishing (Stephen Harnad), scholarly publishing (Mike Hayworth), electronic communication (David L. Carlson), listserves (John G. Younger), electronic archiving (Harrison Eitljorg II), CD-ROMs (Dominic Powlesand and Phil Perkins), print and electronic journal publishing (Elizabeth Peachey and Chris Chippendale), and a case study on ancient Egypt (Lynn Meskell). This issue and other numbers of Antiquity are also accessible at: I suggest the following URLs to colleagues interested in ceramics.


"ArchNet," a virtual library for archaeology from the University of Connecticut (see "Archaeology’s Virtual Library" by Jonathan Lizee, Archaeology and Public Education 8(1):3, 1998) contains links to archaeological ceramics at the URL: One of the 14 subject areas listed is "Ceramics: pottery and ceramic artifacts" which currently contains nine catalogues, papers, and reports. Among these are: 1) "Hypertext Glossary of Ceramic Attributes" (authored in 1995 by Jonathan Lizee, Tara Prindle, and Thomas Plunkett, which considers technological attributes, morphology, and surface treatment and stylistic attributes); 2) "Type Catalogue of Prehistoric Ceramics from Southern New England" (also authored by Lizee, Prindle, and Plunkett); 3) "Medieval Pottery Research Group" (a link to an excellent website,, which details the purpose, activities, conferences, and publications of the group, and has a collection of "nacent" Medieval Potterty links); and 4) "A picture gallery of ceramics from the Osmore drainage, Peru" (prepared by Bruce Owen in 1996). The papers and reports include: 5) "Clay Acquisition and Vessel Distribution Patterns: Neutron Activation Analysis of Late Windsor and Shantok Tradition Ceramics from Southern New England" (authored by Jonathan M. Lizee, Hector Neff, and Michael D. Glascock, which appeared in American Antiquity 60(3):515-530, 1995), 6) "Cross-Mending Northeastern Ceramic Typologies" (by Lizee with Prindle and Plunkett, a paper revised in 1995 but presented initially at the 1994 Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Anthropological Association); 7) "Céramiques traditionnalles du Mali" [in French, "Ceramic Traditions of Mali"] (prepared by the Mission Archéologique et Ethnoarchéologique Suisse en Afrique de l’Oueste); and 8) "The Ruins at Rione Terra in Pozzuoli" (an analysis of the Roman occupation). Of particular significance is a ninth link, "Pottery and Pigments of Arizona: Salado Polychrome." This detailed paper, prepared by Arleyn W. Simon, was originally presented in 1996 at the symposium "Revelations Beneath the Surface: The Science of Art," and is also accessible through Arizona State University’s website at

ARGE: Archaeological Resource Guide for Europe

ARGE, the Archaeological Resource Guide for Europe, a "Virtual Library for European Archaeology," was begun in 1995 at the University of Birmingham, UK, but has recently moved to the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, and is currently accessible at The founder and webmaster is Martijn van Leusen. This important, award-winning website, is an indexed and ordered collection of nearly 1,100 hypertext links from 38 countries pointing to current archaeological communication and information resources across Europe. Database searching and text only access are provided on an experimental basis, but multilingual access and searching are currently being assessed. The homepage Navigation Bar includes 13 categories; among the more significant are: Geographical Index (40 countries, Albania to the Vatican); Thematic Index (92 major subjects spanning Academic Departments to Virtual Reality); Chronological Index (15 periods, including four undifferentiated eras such as "prehistory"); Search Page (under construction but designed for string searches of database links); ArchNet (discussed above); and Notice Board (conference announcements, requests for information, and new publications. A more extensive review of this URL, prepared by Charles C. Kolb, will be published later this summer in CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries.

The ARGE Thematic Index includes seven hotlinks to "Ceramic Studies." These include: 1) "Frechener Keramik" (a report, in German, authored by Hans Mommsen, A. Hein, and D. Kleine which is entitled "Charakterisierung der keramikproducte der frechener töpfereinen durch neutronenaktivierungsanalyse," and concerns the neutron activation analysis of 13th-18th century Frechen pottery). 2) "Medieval Pottery Research Group" (noted above at 3) "Roman Ceramics" (information maintained on Roman and Samian wares and Banassac figurines by Allard Mees at the Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum in Mainz). 4) "The Life and Times of Late Roman Ceramics (350-650 AD)" (a dissertation proposal by Sebastian Heath). 5) "Mit Neutronen auf den Spuren der Kelten" (a paper, in German, on neutron activation analysis of Iron Age ceramics). 6) "The Amphoras Project" (a site maintained at the University of Toronto,, which contains detailed information on plain, unglazed storage and transport containers from the Mediterranean region. This URL also includes bibliographies, literary passages, translations of Russian research, other links, and a searchable database). 7) "Musées de Basse Normandie: Les poteries du Pé-d’Auge" (a website on French Medieval and post-Medieval ceramics).

Teotihuacan Notes

Saburo Sugiyama (Arizona State University) is responsible for a significant, award-winning website, "Archaeology of Teotihuacan, Mexico." Sugiyama, along with his colleague and mentor, George Cowgill, and Mexican colleague, Rubén Cabrera C., have conducted major excavations and explorations within the Classic period Feathered Serpent Pyramid located in the Ciudadela at Teotihuacan. General information about Teotihuacan (chronology, maps, major structures, and bibliography) and the Feathered Serpent Pyramid are accessible on the website at "Teotihuacan Notes I: Images and Symbols in Social Contexts at Teotihuacan," edited by Saburo Sugiyama and Debra Nagao and published by the Department of Anthropology at Arizona State University, contains papers from a 1997 workshop, "Teotihuacan Archaeology and Iconography." Eight papers are scheduled for publication in Teotihuacan Notes I, of which five currently are available at the website Pottery and clay figurines are the subject matter of a majority of the papers whose authors include Sugiyama and Nagao, James Langley, Edith Ortiz, Rubén Cabrera C., Cynthia Conides, Warren T. D. Barbour, and Destiny Crider.

Archaeology on the Net: Web Ring

A web ring, "Archaeology on the Net," has recently been formed. Tumay Asena, Ring Manager, and, welcomes visitors and provides the following definition: "A web ring is a chain of sites linked to each other with next and previous type of logos used in all participating sites. This allows the participating site to get visitors from each other thus providing the surfer an easy navigation tool on the net. [this ring] ... covers a broad range of subjects and is open to [the] participation of archaeology-related sites on the Internet." By early January 1998 there were more than 45 ring member sites. Site 011 is Roman Ceramics (Allard Mees). The web ring home page may be accessed at, visitors are welcome at http://members.triposdcom/~archonet.html, while participants can join at

Rob Tykot’s Website and Bookmarks

Robert H. Tykot (Department of Anthropology, University of South Florida) has compiled an excellent set of links to other websites, many of which have connections to ceramic materials and archaeological pottery. Among the categories he has devised are: Agencies & Foundations (12 sites); Excavations and Employment (10); Geographic Regions and Topics (over 100 links, sorted into categories including Archaeological Science, Human Origins, Fantastic Archaeology, Malta, Sardinia, Florida, North America, etc.); Journals (62); Libraries and Information Resources (30); Laboratories and Services (29); Museums (31); Organizations (28); Publishers (26); Software & Hardware (25); Travel (22); and Universities (15). The website may be accessed at’s%20bookmarks.htm


The Museum Applied Science Center for Archaeology (MASCA) is the technical division of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Philadelphia and was established in 1961. Current research on ceramic materials by Patrick E. McGovern may be found on MASCA’s webpage under "Archaeoceramics" and "Archaeochemistry." The URL is:


"Ceramic Analysis: Course Bibliography" was compiled by Barbara Mills and Kelley Hayes-Gilpin for Anthropology 652 [1991-1994] at Northern Arizona University. The URL is:

"A General Samian Bibliography," prepared by Bridget Röder and Allard Mees in 1994, is accessible through The authors hold a "copyright" on this 29-page document.

"Roman Ceramics in Northern France," a 21-page bibliography compiled by Fréderique Loridant, also has a copyright, and is also located at the University of Leiden website

An "Ethnoarchaeology Bibliography," dated September 1997, was compiled by Nicholas David, Department of Archaeology at the University of Calgary, and contains entries on ceramic materials. The URL is:

Pottery Museums

"The Museums of the Potteries" is a website maintained by the City of Stoke-on-Trent, England, that provides links to four pottery museums: The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, The Gladstone Pottery Museum, Etruria Industrial Museum, and Ford Green Hall. The site is accessible at:

Japanese Ceramics

A URL that emphasizes ethnographic and contemporary Japanese ceramics may be accessed at: The site features "A Brief History of Takatori Ware," "Japanese Ceramic Terminology," "Japanese Ceramic Links" (23 subjects), "Ceramic Hubs" (11 links), "Exhibitions" (22 URLs)," "Publications" (four popular works are linked: Ceramics Art and Perception, Ceramics Monthly, Ceramic Review, and Studio Potter), and "Miscellaneous" (15 links).

Rob Varman’s Website

Dr. Robert V. J. Varman, and archaeologist and heritage consultant affiliated with the Department of Archaeology, University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, has established a valuable website which documents ceramic, glass, and metal artifacts from excavations in sites dating to the era of British Colonial Australia. Among the entries are artifacts from the Phillipsburgh site dating to the 1790s as well as ceramics from two long-drop privy pits from Kingston, Norfolk Island, NSW, dating from 1840-1880. As of 10 May 1998 more than one hundred images had been incorporated into the website, including illustrations and descriptions of Chinese Export Porcelain, English Creamware (Queensware), English earthenwares, Basalt ware, Comb ware, Incised ware, terracotta, salt glazed stoneware, and kaolin pipes. Ceramics from the 1840-1880 period include a variety of transfer-printed wares: Willow Pattern, Asiatic Pheasant Ware, Abbey Ruins and Castles, Patterned Cups and Saucers, Scenic Mugs, Plain Mugs, Chamberpots, and miscellaneous ceramics. Rob Varman continues to add images and text to the website. The color images are superb and the site is worth a visit even if one is not interested in ceramics from the historic era. The URL is most readily accessed through:; type "Varman" in the search window.

Nautical Archaeology

The Nautical Archaeology Program at Texas A&M University has an elaborate and extensive website with a number of significant links that will be of interest and use to our readers: Of particular note are the Archaeological Preservation Research Laboratory and the Conservation Research Laboratory, accessible, respectively at: and Dr. Donny L. Hamilton, head of the Nautical Archaeology Program and Director of the Conservation Research Laboratory, has made available his syllabus for Anthropology 605, Conservation of Archaeological Resources, on the WWW. The site also including a set of 18 conservation files containing significant information about archaeological conservation, adhesives and consolidants, the conservation of 17 categories of material culture (bone, wood, textiles, iron, gold, etc.); File 4, "Conservation of Pottery," and File 5, "Conservation of Glass," are especially useful summaries. The syllabus and the conservation files may be accessed through:

Conservation Research Laboratory Report No. 1, "Ceramic Firepots," documents the recovery of earthenware containers that were filled with combustibles and used as incendiary weapons during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. These artifacts were excavated during the Institute of Archaeology’s Mombasa, Kenya Project; the report is available directly from the URL: A report about the tinglazed earthenware recovered during the Port Royal, Jamaica Project may be accessed directly at:

Institute of Archaeology

The Institute of Nautical Archaeology (Egypt), College Station, Texas, has a URL that contains a report by Cheryl Haldane Ward entitled "Chinese Export Porcelain in the Red Sea." The report describes porcelains recovered from the Sadana Island Ottoman-period shipwreck. Interesting chronological implications are documented, suggesting that some of the ceramic pieces were manufactured "nearly a century later than scholars had expected some of the pieces to be made" (1755/6 and 1764 C.E.). Visit this website is at:

Corning Museum of Glass

The Corning Museum of Glass (One Museum Way, Corning, NY 14830-2253) has an excellent website devoted to the history and manufacture of glass. The homepage contents include "A Resource for Glass," "Glossary of Glassmaking Terms," and "Curators’ Choice" among 14 major topics. The resource component, designed for pedagogical purposes, contains 37 topics, many of which present archaeological or historical information and the properties of glass. Among the topics that are documented are volcanic glass, Egyptian inlay, the discovery of glassblowing, types of glass, glass vs. pottery/porcelain, glass in the Far East, glassmaking tools, glass chemistry, and the properties of glass (with separate sections detailing mechanical, electrical, optical, thermal, and chemical data). The glossary is also notable. Frank Starr, Corning’s Education coordinator (e-mail: notes that the museum encourages the use curricular use of these resources — many would be useful for courses in material culture, materials science, and archaeological methods. The museum’s URL is

Munsell System of Color Notation

The Munsell System of Color Notation, well-known to archaeologists and ceramics specialists, is a subject of a website established by the the parent company, GretagMacbeth. Information useful for instructional purposes includes the history and development of the Munsell system, an introduction to color, current work of the Munsell Color Laboratory, assessments of viewing conditions, descriptions of the specialized books of color, spectrographic equipment, product literature, services, seminars, and press releases. Munsell and GretagMacbeth are well worth a visit at their website:

Petrology on the Web

For those colleagues who are interested in structural geology, mineralogy, petrography, and ceramic thin-section analyses, microprobe analysis, databases, and journal and book literature, the following websites will be of interest and are worthy of a visit:

Structural Geology and Metamorphic Petrology on the WWW

"Structural Geology and Metamorphic Petrology on the WWW" is a site hosted by the Canadian Tectonics Group and maintained by Jurgen Kraus, a doctoral student at the University of New Brunswick. Kraus has English, German, and Japanese versions of this website. There is an extensive Table of Contents, including Structure and Tectonics Groups, Metamorphic Studies Groups, Earth Science Groups, Employment Opportunities, and Upcoming Meetings. Subcategories include Listserves, Databases, Thin Sections, Journals, Courses, Glossaries, Tools, Earth Science Departments, Geological Surveys, Cooperative Research Centres, Computer Software, and Computer Animations, among others.

Structural Geology on the Web

"Structural Geology on the Web" was created and is maintained by Steven H. Schimmrich, currently Assistant Professor of Geology, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI. His site has 13 categories of hypertext links: 1) Data sets and Bibliographies, 2) Structural Images, 3) Computer Software, 4) Plate Tectonics, 5) Commercial Products, 6) Books and Journals, 7) Professional Organizations, 8) Research Groups, 9) Upcoming Meetings, 10) Academic Groups, 11) Courses and Field Trips, 12) Academic Employment, and 13) Structural Geologists.

Links for Mineralogists

This site was created by Klaus-Peter Kelbers at the University of Wurzburg’s Mineralogisches Institut Wurzburg. The Table of Contents Includes: What’s New on Links for Mineralogists, Links for Mineralogists (with three groups of subtopics), Tools (also with three sets of subtopics), and Contact (three groups of subtopics). These subtopics include: Materials Science and Ceramics, Gemmology, Mineral Descriptions, Minerals in Thin Section, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geostatistics, Microscopy, Photography, Museums, Geoscience Institutions, etc. The website is located at:


"Alphabetical Mineral Reference" from the University of Wisconsin at Madison’s Department of Geology is a 48-page summary of the formula and characteristics of nearly five hundred minerals.

"Minerals Chemistry" provides links to "Journals" (n = 10), "Resources" (n = 20), "Research Groups" (n = 2), and "Societies" (n = 10).

"Athena Mineralogy" is a site maintained by Pierre Perroud, Department of Mineralogy at UNIGE, that provides links to databases on the following mineral topics: Alphabetical List, Systematic List, Elements, Sulfides, Halides, Oxides, Carbonates, Sulfates, Phosphates, Silicates, Organic Minerals, and Varieties and Synonyms. There is also a "Mineral Search" as well as "Mineral Pictures" at this site.

Virtual Atlas of Opaque and Ore Minerals in their Associations

"Virtual Atlas of Opaque and Ore Minerals in their Associations, a site sponsored by the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration {SME]," is maintained by Robert A. Ixer and Paul R. Duller, Department of Geological Sciences, Birmingham University, England. This extensive and very useful website has an Introduction (Home Page, Overview, Introduction, Site Map, Authors, and Ordering), Main Menu (Associations, Countries, Locations, Minerals, Mineralogy, Plates, Properties, References, and Textures), and General (Gallery, Other Sites, and SME). The site provides 400 full-color microphotographs of the major ore-forming associations and opaque minerals in non-mineralized rocks. The atlas is also available from the authors in hardback print format or on CD-ROM.

Metamorphic Petrology

"Metamorphic Petrology" was created and is maintained by Dave Waters at Oxford University. The site has ten categories of URL links: 1) List of Petrological links (n = 4), 2) Organizations and Institutions (n = 6), 3) Petrology Journals (n = 7), 4) Petrology Research Groups (n = 5), 5) Hard Rock Researchers’ Home Pages (n = 2), 6) Petrological Topics and On-line Posters (n = 4), 7) Special Topics (thermobarometry, low grade metamorphism, microstructure, granites, and fluid inclusions — n = 19), 8) Review Papers and Reports (n = 2), 9) Images of Metamorphic Rocks and Minerals (optical petrography, microprobe and SEM imaging — n = 6), and 10) Course Materials for Metamorphic Petrology (n = 4).

Mineralogy and Petrology Research on the Web

"Mineralogy and Petrology Research on the Web" is maintained by Andrea Koziol, Geology Department, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH. The nine categories of URL links include: 1) Journals (n = 36), 2) Publishers (n = 6), 3) Topic-Oriented Sites (n = 15), 4) Mineralogical Databases (n = 4), 5) Professional Societies (n = 20), 6) Laboratories, Surveys, and Other Organizations (n = 13), 7) "Research Groups" (n = 27), 8) "Mineral Collecting and Commercial Sites" (n = 5), and 9) Basic Resources (n = 13).

Science, Technology, and Cultural Heritage

"Science, Technology, and Cultural Heritage" is a website located in the Department of Crystallography, Mineralogy, and D. M. at the University of Barcelona, Spain. English, Castellano, and Catala language versions of the site are available. Interdisciplinary research studies to characterize material culture are reported, including archaeometric investigations on Medieval Pottery of the Islamic Tradition, Study of the Reductive Processes in the Silicate Ceramics (by Trinitat Pradell) and Mineralogical Evolution and Interaction of the Ca-Rich Pastes with Pb Glazes: Archaeometric Implications (by Judit Molera).

Geoscience WWW Sites

"Collection of Interesting Geoscience WWW Sites" is maintained by Petr Sulovsky.