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This book examines how Romans used their pottery and the implications of these practices on the archaeological record. It is organized around a flow model for the life cycle of Roman pottery that includes a set of eight distinct practices: manufacture, distribution, prime use, reuse, maintenance, recycling, discard, reclamation. J. Theodore Peña evaluates how these practices operated, how they have shaped the archaeological record, and the implications of these processes on archaeological research through the examination of a wide array of archaeological, textual, representational, and comparative ethnographic evidence. The result is a rich portrayal of the dynamic that shaped the archaeological record of the ancient Romans that will be of interest to archaeologists, ceramicists, and students of material culture.Read more
- A synthesizing essay, rather than most books that are concerned with just one specific ware or pottery from one archaeological site
- Aims to inform not just Romanists, but also archaeologists, ceramicists and students of material culture more generally
- Considers a wide array of evidence including texts in Latin and ancient Greek, representations in Roman art and comparative ethnographic evidence
Reviews & endorsements
“Peña establishes himself as a leading figure in the filed of roman archaeology with this book, which provides a theoretical map of the life of any excavated Roman pottery shred. It should be read wherever archaeology is taught and will be an important resource for students of Roman pottery, for whom the illustrations, appendices, and maps will be particularly helpful. Furthermore, the book sets a new intellectual level for the study of excavation pottery in Old World archeology. His book belongs in the reference library, not just of every excavation director and pottery analyst on Roman sites, but also of any archaeologist working with a sophisticated urbanized by preindustrial culture.” -American Journal of ArchaeologySee more reviews
“The book will be stimulating reading to classical archeologists who work with excavated pottery, particularly from urban and domestic sites.” -Bryn Mawr Classical Review
“By encouraging us to look more carefully at the behaviour that lies behind assemblage formation, the book has been entirely successful in its aims.” -Journal of Roman Archaeology
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- Date Published: March 2011
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521181853
- length: 450 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm
- weight: 0.6kg
- contains: 120 b/w illus. 9 maps 12 tables
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. A model of the life cycle of roman pottery
2. Background considerations
3. Manufacture and distribution
4. Prime use
5. The reuse of amphorae as packaging containers
6. The reuse of amphorae for purposes other than as packaging containers
7. The reuse of the other functional categories of pottery
10. Discard and reclamation
11. Modeling the formation of the Roman pottery record.
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