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Paper Title: MINOAN POTTERS AND COOKS: AN EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH TO UNDERSTANDING THE POSSIBILITIES AND THE PROBABILITIES OF ANCIENT POT MAKING AND USE
Author: JEROLYN MORRISON   
Date/Time: Thu., 4:30 PM
Co-Author(s): JEROLYN MORRISON 
Abstract: The variety of cook-pots found in the archaeological record supports the argument that there is more to cook-pots than just their measureable properties. To better understand why these differences exist from a “functional daily-life point of view”, I have designed a ceramic replication program that determines probable pathways ancient potters and cooks might have taken to produce and use their cook-pots. This experimental approach, rooted in Ceramic Ecology, is applied to the Late Minoan Mochlos material, a multiphase East Cretan site in the Bay of Mirabello. Presented in this paper are the two distinct phases of the project, pottery production and cooking. First, I will present the variable ways the Minoan potters could have dug, cleaned and processed the raw materials to create a workable clay body for pottery production to produce cook-pots. Once the vessels are produced, additional experimental exercises will be presented to demonstrate how the ancient cooks could have prepared and used their vessels over the hearth flame to prepare meals.

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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