Safeguarding intangible cultural heritage is about the transferring of knowledge, skills and meaning. It focuses on the processes involved in transmitting, or communicating it from generation to generation, rather than on the production of its concrete manifestations, such as dance, performances, songs, music instruments or crafts.

Welcome To The Archaeological Science Exhibit!


Ceramic analysis
This exhibit showcases several macroscopic images of Mycenaean pottery that were acquired through Scanning Electron Microscopy coupled with Energy Dispersive X-Ray (SEM-EDS) analysis. This analysis aimed to identify the technological choices of people who created the Mycenaean-style pottery in the prehistoric Aegean. 

Thanks to archaeometric analytical techniques such as SEM-EDS, it is known that Mycenaean-style pottery was produced throughout the Mediterranean with regional variations. The technology used in producing this pottery differed from region to region depending on many factors. However, to the eye, they look indistinguishable due to having the same forms and surface decorations.
Today archaeologists are still investigating the reasons behind the technological variability within this stylistic practice that continued for centuries throughout the Mediterranean. 
Photography of some of the pottery that was found during excavation at Koukonisi, Lemnos.


Images of the pottery samples you will browse through in this exhibit are some of the samples that were analysed during an archaeometric research project. These samples were taken from the pottery that initially were found during the excavations of the prehistoric settlement called Koukonisi. This site is located on the Aegean island of Lemnos. 


ArcGIS Map

Map indicating the position of the prehistoric site Koukonisi in the Aegean.

ArcGIS Map Lemnos

Archaeological sites marked on the map of Lemnos island

Exhibited Content

Note from Duygu;

"I hope that this exhibit will be a fun and engaging way for you to learn about this particular craft, to think about the reasons behind the dissemination of and variation in technological style, and understand the importance of individual and collective choices of craftpersons in making. I designed this digital exhibit for you to learn about archaeological approaches to ceramic analyses,  and contribute to the discussion around it to help advance the interpretative stories of the people who produced, used, circulated and discarded these potteries.

At the end of your tour, please click on the contact page to join the community of learners and the public knowledge contributors. You can also share your ideas and leave comments about this exhibit to help construct multivocal and inclusive narratives. 

Your engagement and communication will also support the safeguarding of this ancient craft practice."

Click HERE to learn more about Duygu.