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Technology and Social Aspects of Prehistoric Pottery Production and Use


Since 2012, the Center for Experimental Archeology in cooperation with the Institute of Archaeology systematically conducts experimental research aimed at reconstructing the technological process of the production of ceramic vessels from the Bronze Age. The aim of the project is to reconstruct the way of procurement and preparation of raw materials and to test the various techniques of shaping and decorating pottery vessels, the method of firing as well as the function of the specific forms of the vessel. One of the goals is to create a database of experimentally produced samples and to educate through the organization of workshops and lectures. Some project stages were recorded in a short documentary film Eci peci peć with the purpose of popularizing archaeology and experimental approach.


In the course of 2014 and 2015, a project titled Technology of Pottery Production in Prehistoric Times through Experimental Archaeology was developed under the auspices of the Department of Archeology at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Zagreb and the Institute of Archaeology. The project was funded by the Ministry of Science of the Republic of Croatia within the science popularization program. Throughout the project a series of lectures and practical workshops were carried out, whose direct users were students of the Department of Archaeology. The aim of the project was to convey the basic theoretical and practical knowledge about the various phases of the process of making pottery vessels: from considering the possibility of utilizing natural resources in prehistoric times to the implementation of a series of experiments related to the techniques of making pottery vessels. The final part of the program was aimed at applying the acquired knowledge through the group work of students and the presentation of the obtained results.







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Kudelić, A. 2016, Experiment in archaeology – preparation and composition of clay paste, Annales Instituti Archaeologici XII, 207–211.

Pavlić, A., Šprem, K., Kudelić, A., Miloglav, I. 2016, Experimental pottery production, 4th scientific conference Methodology and Archaeometry, 2016, book of abstract Zagreb, 38, poster

Kudelić, A., Sirovica, F. 2013, Prapovijesno lončarstvo – mogućnosti eksperimentalnog istraživanja, Arheologija na Dunavu, Hrvatsko arheološko društvo, Vukovar 2013, poster

Kudelić, A. 2013, Testing of ceramic vessel production technology and reconstruction of a hypothetical horizontal ceramic kiln, Annales Instituti Archaeologici IX, 2013.

Kudelić, A. 2012, Experimental testing of prehistoric archaeological features and the results of firing pottery on an open fire, Annales Instituti archaeologici VIII, 2012.

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