Professor Amy Stambach has recently been featured in the “Africa in Our Lives” series from UW’s African Studies Program. You can read about her fascinating research in Tanzania here.
At the site of Co Loa, researchers (including UW Anthropology’s Nam C. Kim) are examining the foundations of power in Southeast Asia – featured in the latest issue of Archaeology Magazine.
Mark Kenoyer knows from the pleasing “ting” of a piece of pottery, when struck by a single finger, just how hot the kiln that fired it must have been.
He can also tell by the scent cast by an actively firing kiln whether it has reached the proper temperature for vitrification — the process of slow heating and rapid cooling that seals the pores in the clay and makes the pottery impervious to water.