CANCELLED Pottery Kilns in their Natural and Human Landscape: Some Case Studies from Classical- Hellenistic Greece and Southern Italy (Francesca Tomei, University of Liverpool)

Start time: 13:00 / End time: 14:00 / Date: 30 Apr 2020 / Venue: Seminar Room 6, Rendall Building

Open to: Students within this Faculty / Staff within this Faculty / Any UOL students / Any UOL staff / Any potential postgraduate students / University of Liverpool Alumni / General Public

Type: Seminar


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The University is closely monitoring national and international developments in relation to COVID-19 and taking actions as appropriate. As a result, we have taken the decision to cancel or postpone all University led public events until the end of April 2020. Thereafter, events will remain under review.

The health and wellbeing of our students, staff and visitors is our highest priority and while we realise that the cancellation of events will cause some inconvenience and disappointment, this temporary measure is aimed at ensuring that our response to the current situation remains responsible and informed by the latest public health advice and expertise.

We regret that the University cannot be held liable for any loss or damage, including but not limited to travel and accommodation costs, arising from this event cancellation.


Kilns and wasters have been largely studied as indicators of pottery production, but an analysis of the broader landscape context is needed to better understand ceramic production in the Classical Antiquity. For my PhD, I am investigating how ceramics workshops in Greece and Southern Italy of Classical and Hellenistic age fit into their natural and socio-economic landscapes, through an analysis of their spatial location and the products manufactured.

In this presentation, I will focus on the case study of the chora of Metaponto (Basilicata, Italy) as an example of the use of landscape by kiln sites. My study is a result of a combination of data from archaeological excavations and surveys, palaeoenvironmental studies and ethnoarchaeology, with also a use the geoprocessing tools of GIS software. Firstly, I will analyse the technology and size of kilns, the organization of the workshops and the type of production. Then, I will investigate the proximity and the availability of main pottery making resources, clay and particularly fuel. Finally, since ceramic products were made for human use, I will also analyse how the location of workshops was related to socio-economic dynamics: for example, the distance to roads and to rural settlements is crucial to understand the distribution patterns of workshops’ products.

This event is part of the Work in Progress Seminar Series.

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