It has been an exciting ten months of having the full team of Jill, Caroline and Loes working on the Tracing the Potter’s Wheel together. Loes has submitted her pilot study (an important step in her PhD programme), and now is a good opportunity to reflect on our progress more broadly. As a team and individually we have travelled, given papers and informal talks, and gotten to grips with how our methods work together in the field.
Late winter and early spring were devoted to fulfilling equipment and computing needs – this included kitting out the pottery lab, as well as getting a David structured light scanner, computers with enough processing power to meets the needs of the scanner, and project cameras. Loes’s efforts with the David scanner have paid off, and you can find some of her work on SketchFab and in the earlier blog post here. In February, TPW attended the Dutch Ceramics & Glass Research Network meeting held at Leiden, and each project member gave a brief talk about a component of our previous research (we’ll be participating again during the next meeting, please join us!). In April, Caroline gave a paper at the 10th ExArch Experimental Archaeology Conference hosted by University of Leiden entitled “The intersection of experimental archaeology and the chaîne opératoire approach in ceramic study” – drawing connections between her role as experimental archaeologist with TPW and an earlier paper available here.
Summer was a busier time. In June, Jill participated in the Lorentz Center’s Re-enactment, Replication, Reconstruction: Interdisciplinary Workshop on Performative Methodologies with the paper ‘Tracing the Potter’s Wheel: Integrated Digital Approaches to Ancient Technology’, and later that month the whole team presented our aims and early progress during the University of Amsterdam ACASA Research Meeting Archaeology. Immediately after this, Caroline and Loes embarked on their first Greek language course in Athens, with trips to the National Archaeological Museum and Museum of Cycladic Art in their free time. Afterwards, Jill joined Caroline and Loes in Greece and we had our first study session as a team – more on that experience in a future post, though! In later July, Caroline visited the World Museum and the Garstang Museum of Archaeology in Liverpool for a look at some of their collections for an upcoming paper with Jill.
The Meeting Of The European Association of Archaeologists took place in Maastricht in late August, and Jill co-organised the sessions entitled ‘Hidden Stories. 3D Techniques as Tools for Exploring Archaeological Assemblages‘ and ‘3D Technologies in Archaeological Documentation, Analysis and Interpretation‘. Jill presented the team’s paper ‘3D techniques for visualising, analysing and interpreting technological innovation in the Bronze Age Aegean’ and Loes presented her own work ‘A 3D reference collection of wheel-fashioned pottery’. The sessions brought together visualisation specialists from diverse backgrounds, and the EAA was a great venue to start engaging with other international projects.
We have a busy schedule ahead of us over the winter – experiments to conduct, papers to write, lectures to present. We’ll be posting updates here on our blog periodically, and if you’d like to have a look at our running list of project outputs, follow this link!