Design Style, Marks and Inscriptions and Signs of Use

We now turn our attention to the outer triangle in Steph’s schema.  This looks at the clues given by design styles, marks and inscriptions and signs of use.  These help with dating an object and again in the determining of the function or use of an object.

  • Distinctive style or decoration - aid dating,
  • Marks and inscriptions - aid dating, manufacture and function
  • Signs of use - clues to how the artefact functioned and related to the user


Signs of Use
Design Style
Marks and Inscriptions