Inscribed in Clay: Theorizing the Link between Pottery and History


Spring 2016 Langford Conference

February 19th and 20th, 2016
under the direction of Susan I. Rotroff, Langford Family Eminent Scholar in Classics, FSU
Jarvis Thurston and Mona Van Duyn Professor Emerita, Washington University in Saint Louis

The goal is to define and explore models or methods for understanding the interconnections between ceramics and “history,” understood to encompass events, cultural developments, economic trends, and the like. As archaeologists we build on these connections frequently: for example, constructing chronologies from deposits “fixed” by documented events; or tracking evolving trade networks through ceramic evidence. But, as we are all aware, the link between pottery and history is not a straightforward one, and it has frequently been challenged. How strong is that link in any given instance? How far can we trust it? When we invoke it, are we expanding our knowledge of the past -- or building castles in the air? In order to be more confident that we are doing the former rather than the latter, we need to scrutinize the details of the linking process.  For more information and a schedule of events, click here.

Particpants: 

Andrea Berlin, Boston University
Sheremy Bundrick, University of South Florida, Saint Petersburg
Nicholas Cahill, University of Wisconsin
Brice Erickson, University of California, Santa Barbara
Walter Gauss, Austrian Archaeological Institute, Athens
Gudrun Klebinder-Gauss, independent scholar based in Athens
Kathleen Lynch, University of Cincinnati
Ted Pena, University of California, Berkeley
Daniel J. Pullen, Florida State University
Marcus Rautmann, University of Missouri
Kathleen Slane, University of Missouri

Inscribed in Clay Poster

Spring 2016 Langford Poster