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Craft and science: International perspectives on archaeological ceramics

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submitted on 2024-02-20, 11:30 and posted on 2024-02-20, 12:00 authored by Marcos Martinón-Torres, Hector Neff, Clive R. Orton, Fumie Iizuka, Richard Cooke, Lesley Frame, Pamela Vandiver, Rob Ixer, Sara Lunt, Bill SillarBill Sillar, Linda Howie, James Aimers, Elizabeth Graham, Carmen Ting, Javier G. Iñañez, D. Albero Santacreu, J. García Rosselló, M. Calvo Trias, Bruno Fabbri, Sabrina Gualtieri, Enrico Acquaro, Massimo Saracino, Lara Maritan, Claudio Mazzoli, Marisol Madrid i Fernández, Jaume Buxeda i Garrigós, Yona Waksman, Claudio Capelli, Trinitat Pradell, Judit Molera, Francesca Amato, Anna Gómez, Walter Cruells, Miquel Molist, Alice M.W. Hunt, Yuval Gorena, Shira Gurwin, Eran Arie, Dennis Braekmans, Patrick DegrysePatrick Degryse, Jeroen Poblome, Bert Neyt, Marc Waelkens, P.C. Gutierrez, T Pradell, J Molera, A.D. Smith, A. Climent-Font, M.S. Tite, Dragoş Gheorghiu, V. Szilágyi, K.T. Biró, P. Csengeri, Gy. Szakmány, H. Taubald, J. Mihály, C. Berthold, J.S. Koós, J. Zöldföldi, Izabella Havancsák, Bernadett Bajnóczi, Mária Tóth, Attila Kreiter, Szilvia Szölló’si, T.Á. Rácz, V. Gál-Mlakár, E. Simonyi, I.E. Sajó, Baoqiang Kang, Simon Groom, Hongying Duan, Yinzhong Ding, He Li, Jianmin Miao, Guanglie Lu, Nigel Wood, Sabrina Rastelli, S. Blain, I.K. Bailiff, P. Guibert, C. Sapin, D. Prigent, A. Bouvier, David Ben-Shlomo, Avshalom Karasik, Uzy Smilansky, Stephan Karl, Daniel Jungblut, Mara, Hubert, Gabriel Wittum, Susanne Krömker, Noémi S. Müller, Vassilis Kilikoglou, Peter M. Day, George Vekinis, Ioannis Karatasios, Konstantinos Alexiou

Ceramics are among the most abundant materials recovered in archaeological sites. Traditionally, they have served as the main staple for archaeologists to establish chronological sequences within sites and cultural affiliations between sites. They are also a primary source for a wealth of information about past economies, social structures and ritual behaviour. In addition, ceramics preserve in their bodies the traces of countless forms of experimentation, knowledge transmission, technical ingenuity and artistic sensitivity, transcending the boundaries between art, craft and science both in their original production, and in their current study. As a sustained area of research, the study of ceramics has historically served as a prime arena for innovation, both through the pioneer application of instrumental analyses and as a core foundation and testing ground for influential archaeological theories. Inevitably, some research methods are well-established in some regions, whereas they are still emerging in others. Also the integration between science-based approaches and archaeological theory is uneven. However, emerging academic traditions, and those in less-resourced regions, should not be overshadowed by the more established paradigms. While it is impossible to keep up with all the work carried out on archaeological ceramics worldwide, it is essential that researchers continue to exchange and compare their methods, results and ideas, and that these are made available to a broader archaeological readership. This book aims to facilitate this exchange and update of information on diverse approaches to archaeological ceramics across much of the world.

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Editor: Marcos Martinón-Torres
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  • English


Hamad bin Khalifa University Press

Publication Year

  • 2014

License statement

Copyright © 2014 The Authors, licensee Hamad Bin Khalifa University Press. This Item is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Institution affiliated with

  • University College London Qatar (2010-2020)
  • Hamad Bin Khalifa University

Geographic coverage

South and North America, Central and Western Mediterranean, Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East, Southeast Europe and China.