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Department of Archaeology

Friday, 2 June, 2023 - 13:15
Event speaker: 
Archontoula Barouda, UCL

The aim of this doctoral research project, affiliated with the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (PlaCe), is to investigate the pottery and plaster technologies employed by the Neolithic Makri community in Northern Greece. This is a unique opportunity as the Makri site is the only systematically excavated prehistoric settlement in the Thrace region and boasts well-preserved artifacts such as black-burnished pottery, stone tools, figurines, clay architecture, and lime-plastered floors. By thoroughly examining the ceramic industries at the site, the project aims to gain insight into various aspects of raw material procurement and resource management, pyrotechnology, manufacturing traditions, and the potential for cross-craft interaction. Furthermore, the location of Makri in a key contact zone between western Anatolia and the Balkans provides a valuable opportunity to expand our understanding of the cultural development of the first Neolithic communities in southeastern Europe and the economic and socio-political processes involved in the production of their material culture. The ongoing project adopts a comprehensive interdisciplinary approach, utilizing macroscopic, microscopic, and atomic perspectives, as well as incorporating experimental data, to reconstruct the entire production process of ceramics, plaster, and earthen construction at the site. In the upcoming presentation, the research will be introduced, preliminary findings will be presented, and the expected impact of the project will be anticipated.

Event location: 
McDonald Seminar Room
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