Session: #358

Theme & Session Format

The archaeology of material culture, bodies and landscapes
Session format:
Session, made up of a combination of papers, max. 15 minutes each

Title & Content

Glaze production technology in the medieval and post-medieval Mediterranean
Glaze production is considered as a technological innovation reflecting the interactions among various groups that represented the East and West in medieval and post-medieval Mediterranean (c. AD 700 – 1750). As such, plenty of studies have been conducted on characterising the chemical and physical properties, and the fabrication techniques of medieval and post-medieval glazes drawing examples from the eastern and western Mediterranean. However, very few attempts have been made to compare and establish the link between the development of glaze production technology across both sides of the Mediterranean, even though these two regions experienced parallel socio-political transformations during this time period.

In an attempt to bridge this gap in the existing research framework, this session aims at addressing the following themes: (1) to explore the local patterns of glaze production technology and its implications for the broader historical developments; (2) to map the spatial and temporal trends in glaze production technology across both sides of the Mediterranean; and ultimately, (3) to delineate the processes and means through which technological knowledge and practice in glaze production was transmitted.

We welcome papers with focus on using interdisciplinary approaches in the study of glaze production technology in the medieval and post-medieval Mediterranean. We are particularly interested in papers that focus on the interpretation of compositional and technological data using anthropological theories (e.g. cultural transmission theory and network theory), and the application of new analytical techniques in characterising different aspects of glaze production.
glaze, material culture, Mediterranean, medieval
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Main organiser:
Dr Carmen Ting (Cyprus) 1
Prof. Judit Molera (Spain) 2
Dr. Elena Salinas (Spain) 3
Dr. Athanasios Vionis (Cyprus) 1
Dr. Mainardo Gaudenzi Asinelli (Spain) 2
1. University of Cyprus
2. Universitat de Vic - Universitat Central de Catalunya
3. Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya