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Mobility and pottery production

Archaeological and anthropological perspectives 

Engels - Hardcover

300 pagina's  |  Sidestone Press  |  januari 2018

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Mobility and pottery production

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For many past and present societies, pottery forms an integral part of material culture and everyday practice. This makes it a promising case example to address human-thing-relations on a more general level, as well as social life itself. Humans organise their lives not only by engaging with materials and things but also by oscillating between movement and stasis. In these various rhythms of mobility - from daily subsistence-based movements to long-term migrations - things like ceramic vessels are crafted, but also act as consumer goods. From their production until their deposition as waste, grave-goods, collectibles etc. pottery vessels can move with their owners or be passed on and may thus shift between spatial, temporal, social, economic and cultural contexts.

This volume unites contributions addressing such phenomena from archaeological and anthropological perspectives. Evolved from an interdisciplinary workshop held at the Institute of Archaeological Sciences (University of Bern) in 2015, the aim is not to promote one single epistemic approach or any elaborated empirical findings but to trigger thoughts and foster discussions.

While the first part of the book contains introductory texts, the second part includes archaeological contributions that address mobility and social ties by focussing on variability in pottery production within, as well as between, settlements and regions. Taking a more object-centred perspective, they comprise attempts to think beyond established concepts of 'archaeological cultures' and chronological issues. The third part unites anthropological and archaeological texts that take more actor-centred perspectives of making, distributing and using pottery. These texts examine how humans and things are intertwined though practices and various rhythms of movement and mobility. Thereby it can be shown how cultural forms are reproduced but also transformed by humans and things, like pots, potters, pottery mongers and pottery users that are intermittently on the move.


Albert Hafner

1. Changing perspectives, changing insights

'Mobility and pottery production', what for? Introductory remarks
Caroline Heitz, Regine Stapfer

Prehistoric archaeology, anthropology and material culture studies: aspects of their origins and common roots
Albert Hafner

Material culture and mobility: A brief history of archaeological thought
Astrid Van Oyen

2. Object-centred perspectives: From 'cultures' and chronology to relations and mobility

The Munzingen culture in the southern Upper Rhine Plain (3950-3600 BC)
Loc Jammet-Reynal

From typo-chronology to inter- and intra site variety: the 'Michelsberg' pottery of South Germany (4300-3600 BC)
Ute Seidel

Social dynamics and mobility: Discussing 'households' in Linear Pottery Culture research (6 ML BC)
Isabel Hohle

Special pottery in 'Cortaillod' settlements of Neolithic western Switzerland (3900-3500 BC)
Regine Stapfer

Cultural and chronological attribution of pottery on the move: from rigid time-space schemata towards flexible microarchaeological 'messworks'
Eda Gross

3. Actor-centred perspectives: Movements of making - mobilities of pots, potters, skills and ideas

Movement in making: 'Women working with clay' in northern Cte d'Ivoire
Iris Khler

Form follows fingers: Roman pottery, the producer's perspective and the mobility of ideas
Nadja Melko

Practice, social cohesion and identity in pottery production in the Balearic Islands (1500-500 BC)
Daniel Albero Santacreu

Making things, being mobile: pottery as intertwined histories of humans and materials
Caroline Heitz

Pots on the move become different: Emplacement and mobility of pottery, specific properties of pots and their contexts of use
Hans Peter Hahn

Philipp Stockhammer



BewerkerCaroline Heitz, Regine Stapfer
Soort boek Hardcover, 300 pagina's
Uitgever Sidestone Press , Verschijningsjaar: 2018
ISBN-13 9789088904615
ISBN-10 9088904618
Taal Engels


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