Conference – Exploring Specialisation through Ceramic Technology and Use – June 2018

28 June 2018, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge. 

Call for Papers – OPEN: 

Abstracts (250 words) for talks (15 min each) and posters will be accepted until 15 April 2018. Please, get in touch with Dr Vanessa Forte and Alessandro Ceccarelli – Please, download the call for papers HERE

Free registration – OPEN:

We will be able to host a maximum of 60 guests. The event is free, but in order to secure your place, we recommend to register by visiting following link: REGISTRATION. You can also send an email to: Alessandro Ceccarelli – The conference booklet will soon be available here: it includes location, abstracts and conference program.

ACSG Conference June 2018 Specialisation


After the first ACSG Conference “Multidisciplinary Approaches to Ceramic Analysis” organized the 30th of June 2017 by the Ancient Ceramics Studies Group at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, we are pleased to announce a new event dedicated to craft specialisation in prehistoric communities.

Specialisation is a concept often explored in archaeology due to its social inferences. Analysing the organisation of ceramic production can reveal how ancient communities came in contact,  and in which way people perceived themselves within societies. In prehistoric communities, the role of specialists in systems of production is far from being understood, and it largely depends on the various meanings given to the concept of specialisation. The term can be defined in an economic perspective, where specialists are engaged in full-time activities and are dependent to group’s demands; it can refer to individuals able to access to knowledge and ability which sets them apart from the rest of the group; or it can concern exclusive activities, such as the production of objects for specific functions and activities. A discussion about such a concept can benefit from a comparison between prehistoric archaeological case studies from different geographic areas and from a variety of methodological approaches.
The one-day conference will be opened by one keynote lecture introducing the theme and the call for papers welcomes all scholars working on this topic.

The conference will be open (free) to non-speakers, but seats should be booked in advanced (on Eventbrite, online form or email);

Venues will be explored to publish summaries of the presented papers; further details will be provided in April 2018. Speakers will be asked to be video recorded. If willing to give such contribution, their talks will be live broadcasted via Periscope and/or permanently uploaded to the website (likely via SMS Streaming Media Service, University of Cambridge).

More details are also available on the Facebook group of the Ancient Ceramic Studies Group (link here).