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"A burden of one’s own choice is not felt": observing ceramic production technology, exchange and consumption in the Late Mycenaean Saronic Gulf.

Author(s): Peter M. Day ; William Gilstrap

Year: 2015

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It is widely recognized that Mycenaean states varied in their structure and organisation, were linked to different types of crafting industries, a range of trade networks and a host of consumer preferences. The Saronic Gulf is a paradoxical space that physically separates Mycenaean geopolitical states/regions, while its waters facilitate the interregional movement of people, goods and ideas. The application of thin section petrography and INAA to observe the movement of pottery, the most archaeologically visible good exchanged in this area during the Late Mycenaean period, has resulted in the identification of a restricted number of pottery production locations and the wide movement of their ceramic products.

Taking into account complete vessel assemblages representing different activities within this landscape, we have identified patterns of availability of varied pottery types to ordinary consumers in the area. This paper examines links between the technical choices made during the production sequence of a select group of vessel types and the choices made at the consumer end of the spectrum. In this way, we are able to observe and characterize several key variables of the regional ceramic ecology, economy and social life of the region and to contextualize it within the wider Mycenaean world.

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"A burden of one’s own choice is not felt": observing ceramic production technology, exchange and consumption in the Late Mycenaean Saronic Gulf.. William Gilstrap, Peter M. Day. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397062)


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Europe


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min long: -11.074; min lat: 37.44 ; max long: 50.098; max lat: 70.845 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America