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Upscaling ceramic thin sections through a database: a multi-site analysis of organic tempers in Swedish prehistoric pottery
SKEA Ceramics AB, Borlänge, Sweden. (SEAD)
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies, Environmental Archaeology Lab. (Miljöarkeologiska laboratoriet, Humlab)
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies, Environmental Archaeology Lab. (Miljöarkeologiska laboratoriet, Humlab)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2430-0839
2023 (English)In: Archeologica data, ISSN 2785-0307, Vol. 3, p. 85-104Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The inclusion of ceramic thin section data from multiple sites in the SEAD environmentalarchaeology database provides an opportunity for not only examining the distribution of organic temperin Sweden, but also for an analysis of the pros and cons of research using a large-scale data infrastructure.This paper uses an extract of over 40 years of semi-quantitative data, primarily collected at the now disbandedCeramics Research Laboratory in Lund, to examine the evidence for the use of organic tempersin Swedish pottery. These observations are interpreted in terms of the craft traditions in the region’s prehistory,discussed with respect to their potential implications, and put in the context of similar traditionsin Asia. The discussion points to a limited, selective transference of organic tempering technology fromthe east to Sweden. The experience of the authors in digitising and working with these data is then usedas the basis for a discussion on the challenges and potentials of using large-scale multi-site databases forsynthesis research. The conclusion is that the potential for creating and exploring new lines of enquiryinto the material outweighs the difficulties.

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Sesto Fiorentino: All’Insegna del Giglio , 2023. Vol. 3, p. 85-104
Keywords [en]
Ceramic thin sections, organic temper, database, pottery, synthesis, prehistory, Sweden, Eastern craft tradition
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Geology Archaeology Computer and Information Sciences
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Archaeology; environmental archaeology; gender studies; Scandinavian Languages
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-210296DOI: 10.13131/unipi/p0vs-gg31OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-210296DiVA, id: diva2:1771195
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