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Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Archaeological Approaches to the Study of the Potter’s Wheel will provide a forum for scholars interested in the way that the potter’s wheel was taken up by craft practitioners through human prehistory, history, and present. Anthropologists, archaeologists, craft practitioners and historians are warmly welcomed to contribute. The conference will take place at the University of Amsterdam and the Gerrit Rietveld Academy from 25-28 November 2020, and will include paper presentations, roundtable discussions, and practical demonstrations from participants.
The conference has no limitations on period or region, and will devote a day to each of the following themes:
1. Exploration of how to establish a reliable, objective methodology for identifying the ways that the potter’s wheel was utilised in pottery forming sequences (discussant Prof. Carl Knappett, University of Toronto).
2. Evaluation of the nature of the potter’s wheel as innovative behavior, with an emphasis on whether an emerging technology’s persistence through time is predicated on specific societal conditions (discussant Dr. Valentine Roux, CNRS).
3. Discussion of the ethnographic record to witness the dynamics of the wheel as a technological innovation (discussant Prof. Sander van der Leeuw, Arizona State University).
Registration: €65 (student/concessions €35)