FTIR Analysis of the Late Bronze Age Pottery from Dugiš on the River Cetina

VUKADIN DRAGICEVIC posterAuthors: Ivana Vukadin and Francis Dragičević
Mentors: Miona Miliša, PhD, Lecturer; Ivica Ljubenkov, ScD, Assistant Professor

Arts Academy in Split (Croatia)
Study programme: Integrated undergraduate and graduate course of study in conservation-restoration
Specialization: Archaeological heritage (5th year of study)


The archaeological site of Dugiš is a prehistoric settlement of stilt houses located on the banks of the river Cetina. Being a very durable and resistant material, as well as the most characteristic feature of any prehistoric settlement, ceramic findings indicate a thousand year long continuity of living on the site. The fragments came from the Archaeological Museum at Split. The pottery was of everyday use, mainly cooking ware. 13 samples were selected, photographed under electronic microscope and analysed using FTIR. Most of the samples showed high contents of carbonates, oxides and metals. Only three of them contained higher levels of carbonates, which means that they were fired for too long. The one containing high levels of oxides was overfired.
These types of analysis provide more information on the prehistoric pottery making technology, as well as local clay contents and characteristics, which differentiate them from the imported wares.

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Short biographies

IVANA VUKADIN was born in Split, in 1989. After graduating from the High School of Business and Economy, from 2007 to 2009 she studied art history and Croatian language and literature at the Faculty of Philosophy in Split. In 2011 she enrolled into the Conservation-Restoration programme of study at the Arts Academy, Split. In 2013 she embarked on her specialization in archaeological heritage. She is currently a 5th year student.

FRANCIS DRAGIČEVIĆ was born in Split, in 1991. She lives in Donji Humac, on the island of Brač. Having finished the secondary school of Fine Arts at Split it seemed like a logical choice for her to enrol into the Arts Academy, Split. She is currently a 5th year student, specializing in conservation-restoration of archaeological heritage.