Household Ceramic Economies

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Author  Kostalena Michelaki
Publisher  British Archaeological Reports
Publication Date   May 15, 2006
ISBN  1841719331
Pages  224

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This work examines the interrelationship between technology and society, using as its cultural-historical focus the Early and Middle Bronze Age periods among the Maros group villages of south-eastern Hungary. To claim that technology is social is not be new, but to document how it is social has been difficult and this research aims to provide such documentation, using a ceramic archaeological example. As a result, the authorÆs emphasis is on technological activities and the human actors that performed them. Practice theory, with its focus on conscious social actors, provides the major theoretical direction. Methodologically, to examine a wide range of ceramic technological activities, the author embraces the concept of the æoperational sequenceÆ, following ceramics from the procurement and preparation of raw materials, through their forming, finishing and firing, to their use. Through the potterÆs eye, the author tries to understand the choices made at each step of the production sequence and consider the ways in which they could have organized their labour. To obtain such diverse information, diverse sets of methods, borrowed from archaeology, geology and materials science are employed.

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