Archeology at Pottersville

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  1. Tom –

    It was a pleasure meeting you and showing you around the site on Friday. The previous excavations by the University of Illinois identified the kiln and later the possible location of a pug mill. You can learn more about their archaeological research at
    This year’s excavations are to test out an area near the kiln that could have supplemental structures.

    One correction, is that we will not be doing lipid samples on this pottery, as these studies are saved for unglazed wares. This conversation was in response to you asking what types of studies can be done on pottery in general so I was listing some special analyses that I have had done in the past on other sites. Sorry for the confusion. To find out more about how George Calfus’ conducted an elemental analysis of the Pottersville pottery using SEM (scanning electron microprobe) you can read his dissertation at:

    Thanks again for your visit and interest in the archaeology of Pottersville!

    Nicole Isenbarger
    Archaeological Research Collective, Inc.

    1. Thanks for the corrections and the additional information! SEM would make more sense than STM, because you would need a very thin slice for it to image properly, and I don’t think that would be possible with pottery. AFM might work. I’ll have to ask my wife about that.

  2. Good to hear from you Tom. Enjoyed visiting with you and discovering another “cousin.” Loved your pics. I see Nicole made some small corrections. Hope to see you again soon.
    And don’t forget the two lectures given Sundays, Oct.19 and Oct.26, at 6 p.m., plus receptions following each one.

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