Tracing pottery making recipes in the Balkans

11 November 2014

International workshop on Tracing pottery making recipes in the Balkans

Institute staff and students organised an international workshop in Belgrade as part of the AHRC-funded project on the Rise of Metallurgy in Eurasia

This event, hosted by the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Belgrade and Rectorate of the University of Belgrade in September, was organised as a collaborative activity between the UCL Institute of Archaeology and the Institute for Balkan Studies.

The aim was to gather archaeologists and scientists working in the field of pottery technology studies from the Balkans, and beyond, in order to exchange ideas, investigate the current state of art in the field and establish an interdisciplinary network of scholars with an active interest in this topic.

Tracing pottery making recipes in the Balkans (international workshop participants)

Tracing pottery making recipes in the Balkans,

6th – 4th millennium BC

International Workshop Belgrade, Serbia, 19-20 September 2014

The emphasis of this international event was placed on gathering emerging scholars (PhD students and junior researchers) along with a selected number of senior colleagues as well as providing a much-needed opportunity to exchange ideas and discuss prospects of future cooperation.

The main goals of this event were:

  • Sharing results of current research on the development of pottery technological traditions in the Balkans from c. 6500-4000 BC
  • Discussing advances in methodological approaches
  • Investigating the potential for future interdisciplinary research on Balkan Neolithic and Chalcolithic pottery
Silvia Amicone presenting her research at the international workshop on Tracing pottery making recipes in the Balkans

Several scholars and PhD students from Hungary, Romania, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Greece, England and France participated.

UCL staff and research students were authors and co-authors of the following presentations:

  • Patrick Quinn - Scientific approaches to the reconstruction of ancient ceramic technology: a critical review.
  • Miljana Radivojević and Silvia Amicone - On pottery in early metal production: a case study from Belovode, a Vinča culture site in eastern Serbia.
  • Sebastien Manem - Modelling the evolution of ceramics traditions and apprenticeship networks: a method based on a phylogenetic approach and the chaîne opératoire analysis.
  • Silvia Amicone, Patrick Quinn, Miljana Radivojević, Thilo Rehren - Pottery technology at the dawn of the Metal Age: a view from Pločnik and Belovode.
  • Neda Mirković and Silvia Amicone - Technological variances between Tisza and Vinča pottery in the north Serbian Banat.
  • Beatrijs De Groot - Ceramic assemblages of the Neolithic Balkans: the dynamics between stylistic and technological changes.

This workshop was supported by the Institute for Archaeo-Metallurgical Studies (IAMS) to promote the understanding of high-temperature technologies at the time of the rise of metallurgy in this part of the world.