Ancient Cookware from the Levant - An Ethnoarchaeological Perspective - Gloria London

Ancient Cookware from the Levant - An Ethnoarchaeological Perspective - Gloria London

4. Ceramic Ethnoarchaeology

Ancient Cookware from the Levant - An Ethnoarchaeological Perspective - Gloria London

Gloria London [+-]
Independent Scholar
Gloria London received her Ph.D from the University of Arizona. She is the author of Ancient Cookware from the Levant (2017, Equinox), Traditional Pottery in Cyrpus (1989, Philipp von Zabern), creator of a video Women Potters of Cyprus (2000, Tetraktys), and co-creator of the Museum of Traditional Pottery in Ayios Dimitrios (Marathasa), Cyprus.

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The archaeologist working in the American Southwest, J. W. Fewkes, introduced the term “ethnoarchaeology” over a century ago. Recent studies focus on any aspect of material culture, including ceramics. W. A. Longacre developed a long-term project in the northern Philippines to investigate rural potters who largely make pottery for their families and friends but trade or sell some as well. Building on Longacre’s research among “household” potters, research among traditional craft specialists in the Philippines and in Cyprus involves potters who use local raw materials to shape a traditional repertoire for use by the local population rather than for the tourist market. To record all aspects of pottery production, especially infrequent events, requires full-time residence in the villages. Pottery production is seasonal work limited to summer when dry clay, kilns, and fuel are available. Remote Troodos Mountain potters produced old-fashioned pots no longer needed in lowland towns or cities. Nuances in the fabrication and decoration reflect different workshops and lifestyle rather than chronological differences Although the Troodos and Kornos potters produce some of the same types of pots, they have village-specific decorative patterns and names for deep and shallow cookware as well as other ceramic containers.

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London, Gloria. 4. Ceramic Ethnoarchaeology. Ancient Cookware from the Levant - An Ethnoarchaeological Perspective. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 49-67 Aug 2016. ISBN 9781781791998. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=23843. Date accessed: 16 Dec 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.23843. Aug 2016

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