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III International Workshop

... Pottery - the main source of knowledge for cultural change in the Central European Barbaricum

Poznań, 27-29 September 2017
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Organisers: 

Instytut Prahistorii Uniwersytetu im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu
Institut für Prähistorische Archäologie Freie Universität Berlin
Zespół badań nad schyłkiem starożytności Komitetu Nauk Pra- i Protohistorycznych PAN
Zakład Chemii Analitycznej Uniwersytetu im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu
Centrum Archeologiczne Fundacji Uniwersytetu im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu
EXC TOPOI Berlin


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Pottery is the most frequently discovered material at archeological sites. Little wonder that pottery has become one of the main indicators designating archeological cultures as taxonomic units. A formal, technological, and stylistic examination of remains of pottery is usually the basis for both cultural and chronological determinations. Nevertheless, some similarities resulting from the adoption of a similar, but not always the same, technology of pottery production cause problems with accurate classification of such material. This leads to the following questions: Is the classic model of handling of pottery sources sufficient and, if so, to what extent? What is the accuracy with which this model describes the taxoms determined on its basis? During the planned meeting, we would like to find answers to those two, as well as other, questions. During the meeting, we intend to look at different ways of describing and classifying pottery, in particular those that result from the use of modern research methods developed in the course of constant cooperation between archeology and exact sciences. We would like representatives of those sciences to be, in addition to archeologists, an important group of attendees at this meeting.

Thus, the planned workshop is intended to enable a free discussion not only of the problems of cultural and chronological identification of vessel pottery present in the Iron Age in Europe. We want to know its specific use, the possible significance of such a knowledge economy, and the structure of contemporary societies. During discussions concerning specific pottery materials, we would like to answer the question of what research methods enable the fullest exposure of those characteristics of the materials that could be considered as independent factors defining the differences that may constitute the basis for verification of the cultural and chronological divisions of the communities of the European Barbaricum that are used presently. A discussion conducted based on empirical materials should make it possible to achieve a constructive criticism of the sources and practical falsification of the presented research assumptions. Based on this, we would like to make an attempt to elaborate a modern method of processing of vessel pottery that would take into account interdisciplinary studies of pottery of the last centuries of the old era and the first centuries of the new era in the European Barbaricum.

We invite you to join us in Poznań, and also to bring with you examples of artifacts that will complement your presentations, so as to lend a practical aspect to our discussions.
 
 

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