Individual "named" patterns,
including the common Willow and Asiatic Pheasants, are identified
mark on the base of the ceramic item so that the fll range
of patterns found in archaeological sites can be identified and
more detailed information compiled on the range of products, sources
of supply and variations between sites can be explored. The images
database assist in the identification of patterns when pattern
marks are absent or only a fragment of an object has survived.
Many patterns found in NZ
archaeological sites have not been identified by name. These
have generally been given identifiers such as "BR1" assigned
by an archaeologist with the
letters from the original site the pattern was found (e.g., BR
= Britomart, HM = His Majesties Theatre etc) and the number usually
a sequential list of unnamed patterns. A list of these labels is
to be included in the information regarding the site
the pattern where first described.
The DOC ceramic reference
collection was also compiled and many reports describe uses these
numbers such as "EA-EC" and
these have been incorporated into the system. Subsquent research
has allowed some of the patterns to be identified by name and the
database is constructed to allow searches on both systems.
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