Pottery in the colonies: the silent marker revisited


The contact between the European and the Native American worlds was the beginning of a period of conquest and colonization that disrupted the tradition of the native populations, giving pass to a new political, economical, religious, and town-planning period. While the first European foundations were just survival driven ones, they became a strategic foundation in order to develop a proper colonial enterprise. The European culture arrival into the Americas brought also a new material culture that modified the already existing native cultural world. At the same time, the European culture was also modified, and new cultural expressions emerged from these new complex societies. Pottery, as perdurable material remains, is a privileged record of these processes. Thus, chemical and technological analyses on majolica and glazed wares, as well as indigenous and European-influenced pottery, have been carried out from Spanish production centers and colonial sites in the Canary Islands and the Americas.

Cite this Record

Pottery in the colonies: the silent marker revisited. Javier Iñañez, Marisol Madrid i Fernandez, Jaume Buxeda i Garrigos. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428651)


Archaeometry Pottery Territory

Geographic Keywords
Spain Western Europe

Temporal Keywords
Spanish colonial

Spatial Coverage

min long: -18.003; min lat: 27.731 ; max long: 4.276; max lat: 43.764 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 587