Experimental efforts to manufacture and fire faience and steatite tablets were undertaken by J. Mark Kenoyer in Madison, Wisconsin, during the summer of 2001.
Ancient Indus civilization tablets.
Inscribed steatite tablets made from two different colors of steatite have the same inscription. The sloppy nature of the inscription may be the reason why these tablets were discarded.
This uniquely shaped tablet (H2001-5090/2913-09), also made with two colors of faience, has an inscription similar to that seen on the previous slide (67). This tablet was found inside the workshop in Trench 54 South.
Unfinished and broken incised steatite tablet (H2001-5087/2934-01) found in the debris on the workshop floor in Trench 54 South.
Mohammad Sahmoon (left) and Saeed Ahmad with newly discovered steatite tablet and raw steatite block from Trench 54 South.
Faience tablet fragment (H2001-5064/2373-01) with glaze still quite well preserved. The bright greenish blue glaze is usually not preserved on artifacts that have eroded from the Trench 54 South workshop.
Fragile steatite tablets are exposed under the skilled hands of trained excavators using small pointed bamboo sticks and brushes.
Close up view of molded terra cotta tablet (H2001-5061/2381-01) from Trench 54 South after cleaning, desalination, and conservation.