Hannah Page

Technology, Function and Politics in the Use of Ceramics: Interpreting Iron Age Society in Great Lakes Africa

The project seeks to transform the way in which ceramics are perceived and analysed in sub-Saharan Africa. It aims to re-evaluate socio-political change in the Late Iron Age Great Lakes region of Eastern Africa through the thus-far neglected technological analysis of ceramic material at the site of Ntusi in Uganda. The abundance of ceramics on LIA sites in western Uganda, in addition to the absence of other archaeological evidence such as structural remains, highlights their potential importance for archaeologists. However, in sub-Saharan Africa their study has often been marginalised by a preoccupation with ceramic style and ethno-linguistic associations. This project aims to establish a model for analysing and interpreting pottery and cultural choices in the region by employing scientific analytical methods (thin-section petrography, SEM, pXRF), currently not in use on Great Lakes ceramics, to examine the unusually well stratified and spatially provenanced data from Ntusi.  

Supervisors

 Educational background

  • BA, Egyptian Archaeology, University College London, 2011
  • MA, Artefact Studies, University College London, 2012

African Archaeology Research Day 2013 (AARD)

Poster Presentation: A Critical Review of Analytical Approaches to South African Early Iron Age Ceramics: Testing the potential of macroscopic analysis on ceramics from the site of Happy Rest, Limpopo Valley.


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