This course provides students with training in the use of polarized-light microscopy in the examination of archaeological materials, particularly pottery (ceramic petrology). Students will apply the knowledge they gain from lectures to hands-on work with materials in the lab, covering instruction in crystallography, optics, mineralogy, lithology, and other aspects of the petrology of ceramics and other materials. Labs comprise eight three-hour sessions during the term, working with the polarized-light microscope to examine and analyze thin-sections. No prior knowledge of geology is required. Students should plan to take NMC470H1 Polarized-light Microscopy in Archaeology II: Applications, in the following term to complete their training.