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Coiling on the Wheel: The Sociopolitical Implications of a Particular Formation Technique in Bronze Age Crete

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1. Title Title of document Coiling on the Wheel: The Sociopolitical Implications of a Particular Formation Technique in Bronze Age Crete - Searching for Structure in Pottery Analysis
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Ina Berg; University of Manchester;
3. Subject Discipline(s) Archaeology
4. Subject Keyword(s) forming techniques; potter’s wheel; skill; craft specialization; Minoan culture
5. Subject Subject classification ceramic analysis
6. Description Abstract Clay vessels can be made with a wide variety of distinct forming techniques or combinations of two or more techniques. The most common ways of making pots during the Cretan Bronze Age were wheel-throwing and coiling. Thanks to X-ray studies, macroscopic inspection, and experimental archaeology, “wheel-coiling” – a technique that combines hand-building and wheel-throwing techniques at different stages of the forming process – has recently been recognized as an additional popular forming technique. Tracing the emergence and continuity of these different techniques allows us to put forward hypotheses about their relationship to each other, their socio-political meaning, and the organization of pottery production more generally. It will be demonstrated that wheel-coiling is a technique that emerged at the same time as wheel-throwing and continued to be utilized throughout the Bronze Age. Unlike wheel-throwing, wheel-coiling was employed for the full range of vessels and was uniquely adapted to gain the greatest possible advantage from the slowly revolving potter’s wheel. While wheel-based techniques have frequently been linked to the emergence of the Cretan palaces and the desire of elites to enhance their social standing through provision of specialized craft products, the existence of a highly specialized, independent pottery production since the Final Neolithic undermines this popular assumption.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 26-Jul-2022
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.24651
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Searching for Structure in Pottery Analysis
16. Language English=en en
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) Crete,
bronze age
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