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Nanostructure in BC-era Athenian pottery reveals decorating and firing innovations

By Eileen De Guire / June 28, 2013

  Optical images of a red-figure pottery fragment from Athens circa 700-500 BC. The black gloss results from a clay slip reaction to alternating oxidizing and reducing atmospheres during firing. Black gloss is shown in three regions: the relief line, the contour line, and the background. Credit: Walton, GCI; JACerS–Wiley. The first ceramic engineers were…

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