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Integrated approaches to ceramic analysis and methodology from a trans-regional perspective

NPAP Final Conference
11-13 December 2014 Amsterdam

We are pleased to announce the closing conference of the NPAP project. We started in 2007 with research that mainly concerns the ancient pottery of excavation in Italy (Satricum) and excavations in Greece (Halos, Zakynthos). The main aim was the development of new methodologies in archaeological pottery studies for increasing the quality and quantity of the information that can be derived from a basic ceramic dataset. Perspectives from a range of traditions in pottery studies were thus combined and integrated, such as technological, stylistic and geological approaches. Data from other regions mainly in Greece and Italy were also used and compared to increase the proportion of diagnostic material.

In this conference the final results of the NPAP material studies will be presented and specific research questions regarding the cross-regional production, distribution and use (consumption) of pottery will be addressed. The NPAP final conference aims at facilitating dialogue and interaction between young and established researchers. Merging a wide spectrum of pottery analyses and adopting cross-regional and cross-temporal approaches, this conference will represent a innovative multidisciplinary event for all those working with ancient ceramics and interested in a holistic approach to the subject.

11 December: Doelenzaal, University library, Singel 425

12 December: Nina van Leerzaal, Allard Pierson Museum, Oude Turfmarkt 127

13 December: Doelenzaal, University library, Singel 425

If you want to attend the conference you need to register sending an email to npap@uva.nl. Registration and participation in the conference are free.

New Perspectives on Ancient Pottery

Archaeological fieldwork, especially when carried out on the long term, yields hundreds of thousands of pots and sherds, of which usually only a very small proportion is published in excavation reports or in typological studies. Very often, the (large) majority of material is even directly laid aside after a first look. We believe that this is a waste of time, effort and material, which leads to the loss of much useful information. On the other hand, however, it is clear that current ways of processing simply cannot cope with the mass of finds we generate. Besides squeezing out more information, we have to speed up the processing of finds.