Exploring Specialisation through Ceramic Technology and Use
28 June 2018, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge.
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The conference timeline, list of speakers and titles is available below.
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.
More details are also available on the Facebook group of the Ancient Ceramic Studies Group (link here).
Timeline, speakers and titles:
CRAFTING THEORY: POTTERY AND PEOPLE IN THE PAST, WITH EXAMPLES FROM THE AMERICAS.
APPROACHING SPECIALISATION IN THE LATE NEOLITHIC POTTERY PRODUCTION: A VIEW FROM THE VINČA CULTURE.
POTTING AND TECHNOLOGICAL CHOICES: IDENTIFYING COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE IN LATE NEOLITHIC MALTA.
TRACING CRAFTSMAN IDENTITIES AND SPECIALISATION THROUGH THE COPPER AGE POTTERY PRODUCTION OF CENTRAL ITALY.
NON-SPECIALIST PRODUCTION AND BELL BEAKER CERAMICS: USING POTTERY TO ORCHESTRATE NEW IDENTITIES DURING THE 3RD MILLENNIUM BC.
THE OTHER FACE OF SPECIALISATION: THE POTTER’S WHEEL AS A TRADITIONAL CRAFT PRACTICE.
|13:00-14:00||LUNCH (POSTER IN LUNCH HALL)|
ROTARY MOTION EXPLOTATION FOR POTTERY MAKING : RECENT STUDIES IN CENTRAL ASIA DURING PROTOHISTORY AND EXPERIMENT.
THE CASE OF DIPYLON-STYLE AMPHORAE: TECHNOLOGICAL SPECIALISATION FOR ELITE CONSUMPTION IN EARLY IRON AGE ATTICA.
FROM STANDARD POTS TO POTTERS’ STANDARDS. TRACING CRAFT SPECIALIZATION IN ARCHAIC SATRICUM (6TH – 4TH BC).
CERAMIC SPECIALISATION IN NORTHEAST NEW GUINEA: A PROCESS IN THE FORMATION OF SOCIAL BOUNDARIES, CONNECTIVITY, AND GROUP IDENTITY.
|Dimache. The Gumelnița pottery, case of study Bordușani-Popină (România) (Poster Presentation)|
|Fadda. Ceramic technology and organisation of production in nuragic Sardinia (Poster Presentation)|
|16:10-16:30||CLOSING REMARKS AND FINAL DISCUSSION|