Understanding Standardization and Variation in Mediterranean Ceramics [Hardback]

A. Kotsonas (Editor)

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ISBN: 9789042930919 | Published by: Peeters Publishers | Year of Publication: 2014 | Language: English 196p, b/w and col illus




Understanding Standardization and Variation in Mediterranean Ceramics

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Some of the most enduring questions archaeologists raise are explicitly or implicitly formulated around the concepts of standardization and variation. Yet, the sginificance of these concepts has rarely been acknowledged in archaeological literature and their full potential for the study of ancient culture remains under-explored. To demonstrate the significance of these concepts for the study of material culture, we adopt here a cross-cultural and diachronic perspective. The individual chapters cover a variety of case studies, ranging from Spanish handmade pottery to John Beazley's Greek vase painters. The range of approaches pursuead is equally broad and involves traditional stylistic analyses, applications of archaeological science, statistical methodologies, and post-processual considerations. The result will hopefully stimulate pottery experts and specialists in other categories of artifacts to revisit their material from different and fresh angles.

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