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Forming Identities

Technological experimentation in Archaic Corinthian workshops and the origins of the black figure pottery style

Emilio Rodríguez-Álvarez
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149 pages
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This book focuses on the manufacturing techniques of Corinthian potters during the Archaic Period, as well as the relationships established with their natural environment. The results of this research show that the advent of the Black Figure pottery style was intrinsically related to the adoption by Corinthian potters of new manufacturing techniques and recipes for their paints and slips. This change of the paint and gloss recipes required the use of new raw materials, which takes the discussion on pottery production at the site from purely technical issues to social and economic ones, such as access and control of these scarce resources or the relationships between potters and their local community. The significance of this discovery also sheds new light upon the diversity of local styles in Greece.

Emilio Rodríguez-Álvarez (SoA, University of Arizona) is a Galician archaeologist specialized in the study of communities of practice and ceramic technology. His research focuses on the application of material sciences, GIS, anthropology, and experimental archaeology to the reassessment of traditional models of interpretation of ancient Greek ceramics and manufacturers.

‘The contribution is revolutionary, not just for Corinthian material but for all regional ceramics in Greece and probably farther afield.’ Professor Amy C. Smith, Reading University

‘This is a welcome and innovative approach on one of the best known and much discussed ancient Greek pottery categories that had a considerable influence on the development and dissemination of new techniques (black-figure), vase-shapes and decoration systems.’ Professor Eleni Manakidou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Introduction (S3044_Rodriguez_9781407358185_-_introduction.pdf, 217 Kb) [Download]

Table of Contents (S3044_Rodriguez_9781407358185_-_ToC.pdf, 245 Kb) [Download]