Secrets of the Mysterious Vessel

Peter Lape | Laura Phillips

This project ended on:
16 June 2012
The Burke Museum received a mysterious ceramic vessel, a large clay jug believed to be Chinese in origin. What's inside? Let's find out!


Budget Overview

We propose hiring a UW archaeology graduate student to conduct an extensive literature review and contact archaeologists and ceramic experts in China, Japan, Taiwan and Southeast Asia. A UW archaeology graduate student will also conduct x-ray fluorescence (XRF) analysis to determine elemental composition of the vessel body and the separate seal cap. Once potential locations are identified, the XRF data will provide specific details to pinpoint the manufacture location.

Meet the Researcher


Peter Lape is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Curator of Archeology at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture at the University of Washington. He earned his Ph.D. from Brown University.

Project Backers

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