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Minoan Archaeology

Sarah Cappel
Ute Günkel-Maschek
Diamantis Panagiotopoulos

“Minoan” Material Entanglements: Documenting and Interpreting “Minoan” (?) Craftsmanship

Pots and Potters

Thoughts on Ceramic Technology and the Craftsmen behind the Product

Sebastian Traunmüller

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Ethno-archaeological comparisons and experimental archaeology have long formed part of various fields of archaeological research throughout the Aegean and beyond. The present paper seeks to employ these methods to investigate ceramic technology and the social status of the potters in Neopalatial Crete. Fifty years after the groundbraking studies of Hampe and Winter on potters and tile-makers in Greece and Italy, a comparison between pottery production in the Minoan workshop at Zominthos and a traditional potter from the village of Margarithes may offer interesting clues on methods of production and the way things may or may not have changed over time. Opportunities to observe the work of traditional craftsmen are certainly going to decrease further throughout the 21st century which makes documenting and preserving this source of information even more significant. This also bridges the gap to the second topic of the paper: the craftsmen behind the product.
Little is known about Minoan...

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