|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.