Congrès international “Archaeological approaches to the study of the potter’s wheel”, 24-27 novembre 2020

Archaeological Approaches to the Study of the Potter’s Wheel will provide a forum for scholars interested in the way that the potter’s wheel was taken up by craft practitioners through prehistory, history, and the present. The conference will take place from 24-27 November 2020, and will include paper presentations, roundtable discussions, and practical demonstrations from participants.

Web-conference en ligne :
Inscription gratuite obligatoire

Toutes les communications sont à visionner ici :
(une playlist pour chacune des trois sessions)

Themes’ session

Conference sessions are divided into three themes, spread over four days.

Theme one (Tuesday, 24 November) is centred on questions of the mode of research. As yet, there is no reliable, objective methodology for identifying the ways that the potter’s wheel was utilised in pottery forming sequences. This is in turn exacerbated by the rarity of robust sampling and acquisition of statistically significant data which might better accommodate questions of technological variability and technological development. Different approaches have been used to identify and describe vessels formed with rotation, relying on evidence such as traces viewed at the micro, meso, and macro scale, as well as through xeroradiography, CT scanning, and 3D visualisation to name a few. This evidence may or may not be supported by a body of experimental work or replicative potting. The inclusion of this theme in the conference sessions will allow for a dialogue to emerge regarding standards of practice in documentation, presentation, and terminology when describing the evidence.

Beyond the foundational level of interpretation and documentation of evidence is theme two (Wednesday 25 – Thursday 26 November), which addresses our approaches to understanding the evolution of wheel potting techniques. Each archaeological context in which these questions are asked is formed of its own particular context based on social, economic, and cultural spheres, which defined the character of the interplay between device capabilities and potting practices through time. How then can we capture the character of the innovation and clarify the driving forces behind its spread and evolution? In the case where a particular evolutionary scenario is proposed, what is the nature of the evidence used to support it? Is the likelihood of lasting technological change predicated on certain societal conditions?

Theme three (Friday, 27 November) of the conference extends beyond the boundaries of the archaeological record, and privileges the knowledge and experience of people negotiating technological change, whether through ethnographic accounts or first-hand descriptions of change within a crafting context. Examples which can provide detailed insights into the anatomy of this innovation are especially encouraged. These narratives are often used as the basis for archaeological interpretation, and by emphasizing their importance as a central theme, a better understanding may be reached of emerging technologies as a process occurring within a complex social system.

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