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Paper Title: PREHISTORIC CALABRIAN POTTERS IN THEIR LANDSCAPE: CURRENT RESULTS FROM THE ANALYSIS OF GEOLOGICAL CLAYS AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL CERAMICS FROM SW CALABRIA, ITALY
Author: KOSTALENA MICHELAKI (McMaster University)   
Date/Time: Thu., 4:15 PM
Co-Author(s): KOSTALENA MICHELAKI (McMaster University) 
Abstract: Since 2004, in three seasons (2004, 2006 and 2008) and as part of the Bova Marina Archaeological Project in SW Calabria, Italy, we have walked the landscape belonging to the communi of Bova Marina and Bova (Superiore) looking for clays and sediments that Neolithic and Bronze age potters might have been able to use in the production of their pots. Following a long tradition of ceramic ecology research, in this paper I will present the results of the laboratory analyses (INAA, thin section analysis, XRD and firing tests of briquettes) of geological clays and compare them to basic ceramic wares from the Neolithic and Bronze Age in the region in an attempt to examine the taskscapes those communities might have explored and how they would have changed through time. Preliminary data suggest that although production was small and local, both during the Neolithic and the Bronze Ages, potters were not indiscriminate in their selection of clays. Furthermore, they switched their sources during the Late Bronze Age, although they did keep using local resources. This switch in raw materials was accompanied by changes in the ways pots were formed and finished, yet not by any striking change in the visual characteristics of the local pots.

Program Number: 2-0840
Session Title: CERAMIC ECOLOGY XXIV: CURRENT RESEARCH ON CERAMICS 2010
Session Sponsor: Archaeology Division
Session Date/Time: Thu., 1:45 PM-5:30 PM
Organizer(s): CHARLES KOLB (National Endowment for the Humanities) 
Chair(s): CHARLES KOLB (National Endowment for the Humanities)  
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