Archaeointensity results from two ceramic kilns from N. Greece

V. Spatharas1, D. Kondopoulou1, I. Liritzis2 and G. N. Tsokas1

1 Department of Geophysics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki 54006, Greece.

2 Laboratory of Archaeometry,University of Aegean, 85100 Rhodes, Greece

Received 1 November 1999; accepted 15 April 2000

Abstract: Fired structures are abundant in Northern Greece and can be used for accurate estimations of the Earth’s ancient magnetic field components. Two kilns belonging to the Classic-Hellenistic period have been sampled in Amphipolis and archaeointensity measurements have been performed on a set of 12 samples. Together with detailed rock magnetic studies, three reliable archaeointensity values (one from each kiln and one from a brick) have been obtained, in good correlation with the Bulgarian reference archaeomagnetic curve.

Key Words: Archaeomagnetism, Magnetic Properties, Kiln.