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Dr Eddy Faber

PositionHonorary Visiting Researcher
DepartmentSchool of Archaeological and Forensic Sciences

Research Interests (key words only)

Technological behaviour of craftspeople; decorative techniques used on pottery; archaeological materials; material culture studies; Aegean prehistory

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

Module co-ordinator:

  • Soils and Chemical Prospection (Level M)


Eddy has researched and worked in archaeological science since 1995. He has been part of research groups at the University of Sheffield, the Laboratory of Archaeometry at the National Centre for Scientific Research ‘Demokritos’ in Athens, the University of Nottingham and at the University of Bradford. While his primary focus has been on electron microscopy of inorganic archaeological materials using SEM and EPMA (electron microprobe), he also has gained significant experience of working with optical microscopy and Neutron Activation Analysis. As part of his roles at both ‘Demokritos’ and the University of Nottingham, Eddy has worked on many projects analysing inorganic materials from a range of scientific sectors.

Study History

1996: B.Sc. (Honours) Archaeological Science, Department of Archaeology and Prehistory, University of Sheffield.

2007: Ph.D. University of Sheffield (with placement at N.C.S.R. ‘Demokritos’, Greece) on ‘Middle Minoan polychrome pottery: an integrated microstructural, geochemical and mineralogical investigation of its production technology and provenance.’

Professional History

March 2011-December 2015: Research Technician for the Electron Microprobe and Teaching Associate, Department of Archaeology, University of Nottingham.

June 2006 – 2011: Research Technician for the Electron Microprobe, Department of Archaeology, University of Nottingham.

October 1996 - May 2001: Research Assistant/Young Visiting Researcher for the European TMR project ‘GEOPRO’. Laboratory of Archaeometry N.C.S.R. ‘Demokritos’, Greece.

Research Areas

Eddy’s principal area of research is on technological behaviour in the production of archaeological ceramics, with a particular interest in decorative techniques and the pigments used to decorate pottery. He is involved in research projects ranging from Neolithic Iran to Post-Medieval Britain. Other areas of his interests are the scientific analysis of archaeological materials, material culture studies and Aegean prehistory.

Current Projects

'Prehistoric Pottery Production in Charnwood Forest'. David Knight (principal investigator, Trent and Peak Archaeology), Edward Faber, John Carney (British Geological Survey), Patrick Marsden (University of Leicester Archaeological Services) and Julian Henderson (University of Nottingham). Funded by English Heritage through the Historic Environment Enabling Programme (HEEP).

'The production and consumption of 17th and 18th Century salt-glazed pottery in Nottingham.' Edward Faber (principal investigator), Pamela Wood and Ann Inscker (Nottingham City Museums and Galleries). Funded by Nottingham City Museums and Galleries and the Faculty of Arts Dean’s Fund, University of Nottingham.


  • Siu, I., Henderson, J. and Faber, E. 2016 The production and circulation of Carthaginian glass during the late Roman and Vandal period (4th – 6th centuries AD): a chemical investigation. Archaeometry. doi: 10.1111/arcm.12252
  • Henderson, J., Chenery, S., Faber, E., and Kröger, J. 2016 The use of electron probe microanalysis and laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry for the investigation of 8th–14th century plant ash glasses from the Middle East. Microchemical Journal 128: 134–152
  • Henderson, J., Chenery, S., Kröger, J. and Faber, E.W. 2016 Glass provenance along the Silk Road: the use of trace element analysis. In Fuxi Gan, Qinghui Li and Julian Henderson (eds.) Recent Advances in the Scientific Research on Ancient Glass and Glaze. Archaeology and History of Science in China Vol. 2. World Scientific Publishing. pp17-42
  • Smith, T., Henderson, J. and Faber, E.W. 2016 Early Byzantine glass supply and consumption: the case of Dichin, Bulgaria. In Fuxi Gan, Qinghui Li and Julian Henderson (eds.) Recent Advances in the Scientific Research on Ancient Glass and Glaze. Archaeology and History of Science in China Vol. 2. World Scientific Publishing. pp207-231
  • Duckworth, C. N., Córdoba de la Llave, R., Faber, E. W., Govantes Edwards, D. J. and Henderson, J. 2014 Electron Microprobe Analysis of 9th–12th Century Islamic Glass from Córdoba, Spain. Archaeometry DOI: 10.1111/arcm.12079
  • Sójka, L., Tang, Z., Furniss, D., Sakr, H., Oladeji, A., BereĊ›-Pawlik, E., Dantanarayana, H., Faber, E., Seddon, A.B., Benson, T.M. and Sujecki, S. 2014 Broadband, mid-infrared emission from Pr3+ doped GeAsGaSe chalcogenide fiber, optically clad. Optical Materials, 36 (6): 1076–1082
  • Faber, E.W. 2012 Reconstructing firing practices of Middle Minoan polychrome ware: the role of bloating pores in slips. In Meeks, N., Cartwright, C., Meek, A. and Mongiatti, A. (eds.) Historical Technology, Materials and Conservation: SEM and Microanalysis. Archetype Publications. pp36-42
  • Faber, E.W. 2010 Scientific analysis of salt-glazed stoneware from the Morley potteries in Nottingham and Crich. In A. Henstock, R. Hildyard and P. Wood. Nottingham Salt-glazed Stoneware 1690-1800. Nottingham City Museums and Galleries. pp 84-5

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