The Power of Technology in the Bronze Age Eastern Mediterranean - The Case of the Painted Plaster (Volume 12) - Ann Brysbaert

The Power of Technology in the Bronze Age Eastern Mediterranean - The Case of the Painted Plaster (Volume 12) - Ann Brysbaert

(Prologue): A Tale of ‘Frescoes’

The Power of Technology in the Bronze Age Eastern Mediterranean - The Case of the Painted Plaster (Volume 12) - Ann Brysbaert

Ann Brysbaert [+-]
University of Leiden
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Ann Brysbaert is Professor of Ancient Technologies, Materials and Crafts and Principle Investigator of the ERC SETinSTONE project (Leiden University, 2015-2020). Previously, she has been PI of one of the sub-projects of “Tracing Networks” (Leicester University, 2008-2013). Her main research interests are linked to pre-industrial technologies, materials and social practices, painted plaster, pyrotechnological and relating crafts, and combining material culture with landscape approaches in economies of building. Apart from her monograph (2008: Power of Technology in the Bronze Age Eastern Mediterranean. The Case of Painted Plaster. Monographs in Mediterranean Archaeology 12.London: Equinox Press), her recent publications include five edited volumes on these themes. The most recent two are: Constructing Monuments, Perceiving Monumentality and the Economics of Building. Theoretical and Methodological Approaches to the Built Environment. Leiden: Sidestone Press (2018: edited with V. Klinkenberg, A. Gutièrrez Garcia-M. and I. Vikatou); and Building BIG – Constructing Economies: from Design to Long-Term Impact of Large-Scale Building Projects. Heidelberg: Propylaeum (in press: edited with J. Pakkanen).

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This chapter introduces the problems to be explored in the book and outlines the methodology followed. It explains the organization of chapters and stresses that the approach is interdisciplinary arguing that combining multiple approaches will produce the best methodology to obtain meaningful answers to any archaeological question. Since iconography, technology, art, use and many other issues are forms of a society’s expression, all have to be taken together to gain the clearest picture of just what constitutes that social expression. Due to space limitations, the scope of this research cannot investigate all possible angles of approaching painted plaster, but it seeks to bring them somewhat closer together.

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Brysbaert, Ann. (Prologue): A Tale of ‘Frescoes’. The Power of Technology in the Bronze Age Eastern Mediterranean - The Case of the Painted Plaster (Volume 12). Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 1-14 Jan 2009. ISBN 9781781792537. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=22585. Date accessed: 07 Dec 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.22585. Jan 2009

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