SMALL FINDS PROCESSING. THE ROMAN POTTERY


Overview
Batulya fortress

Most of the former excavations aimed to recover structures rather than artefacts and regarded pottery as entirely incidental; at best a few unusual or complete vessels might be illustrated. The Roman pottery did not become an integral part of publications of archaeological excavations until recent decades. The twentieth century's wider interest in social and economic aspects of the Roman Empire stimulated a more comprehensive approach to pottery. Nowadays everything found in an excavation should be recorded and published in detail. No modern excavation report is complete without detailed descriptions of wares and full catalogues of the precise numbers of pots found in each excavated contest.

The main goal of the project is to acquaint students with the basic methods of archaeological records of Roman pottery. We will examines how Romans used their pottery and the implications of these practices on the archaeological record. During the course participants will work with authentic Roman shards and will learn:

  • The basic methods of archaeological records;
  • The analytical techniques;
  • How to render a pottery material into a systematic classification;
  • How to make a technical drawing;
  • How to use the graphic software and prepare the materials for publication;
  • How to interpret the archaeological data.


COURSE STRUCTURE

Production and Techniques

  1. Eastern Sigillata (ESA), (ESB), (ESC).
  2. Terra Sigillata Italica.
  3. South Gaulish Terra Sigillata.
  4. Early Roman Thin-Walled Wares.
  5. African Sigillata (African Red Slip Were).
  6. Provincial Roman Pottery.

Shapes / Typological Schemes

  1. Hans Dragendorff 1890
  2. Elisabeth Ettlinger 1990
  3. Sigfried Loeschke 1912
  4. John Hayes 1972

Analisis of Pottery and Practikal Work

  1. Methodology. Revealing pottery shards. Documenting the context. Cleaning and sorting pottery.
  2. Analytical techniques. Marking and describing the shards.
  3. Typology (Dating and Classification). Technical drawing. Scientific illustration.




PROGRAM

DAY

ACTIVITY

1

Arrival. Transfer from SOF airport to the field school place. Hotel check in. Welcome cocktail.

2

Preliminary pottery processing. Cleaning and sorting pottery shards. Stratigraphic evidences and prior chronological identification.

3

Introduction to the Roman pottery production. Samian ware (terra sigullata). Main production centers in Italy and France. Chronological frames and characteristics of production.

4

Distribution of Italian pottery. Roman legions and the vessels used by Roman soldiers – first touch with the Roman civilization in the “barbarian” lands.

5

Introduction to the Roman pottery production. Organization of local production into the newly conquered provinces. Imitations of Italian wares and local innovations. Characteristics of Roman provincial ceramic.

6

Preliminary pottery processing. Technological identification of pottery shards. Main technological groups and main technology related indicators.

7

Preliminary record of pottery materials. Statistical methods and stratigraphic data. Preparation of statistical tables and context interpretation.

8

Archaeological illustration. Making a cross-section drawing. Recognizing the pottery chards and reconstruction of the forms.

9

Archaeological illustration. Making a cross-section drawing. Recognizing the pottery chards and reconstruction of the forms.

10

Archaeological illustration. Digital processing of the photographs and drawings of pottery. Working with image processing software.

11

Interpretation of pottery. How to identify the main formal types. Preparing the typological tables.

12

Interpretation of pottery. Dating the shards. Comprehensive analyses. Using stratigraphic and formal data.

13

Interpretation of pottery. Dating the shards. Comparing with the basic typological schemes. How to use bibliography. Regional diversity chronological markers.

14

Publishing the pottery. Writing a rapport - basic justifications. Making a presentation and working with appropriate software.

15

Departure.


The program includes everyday visiting of different archaeological sites and museums situated in the area.



SESSIONS AND FEES

Session Dates:

June 17 - June 30, 2017

Application Deadline:

March 31, 2017

Minimum age: 16
Minimum length of stay: 15 days
Number of places available: 5
Language: English
Experience required: None

Full-time session (15 days)

Participation fee incl. education, certificate of attendance, all field trips, Lecturer/Interpreter/Tour Guide Services, Transportation, Visits.

€ 1024


Participation fee covers:

  • All educational costs.
  • Accommodation and meals.
  • Travel expenses for the entire duration of the program.
  • Entrance fees in the museums.
  • Honorariums for the day lectures and site talks.
  • Tools and equipment for specialized artifact processing.
  • Certificate of attendance.

Program DOES NOT include:

  • Your international transportation expenses to and from the rendezvous point (Sofia airport).
  • In case you need visa for Bulgaria, you have to cover this cost also by yourself.
  • Personal expenses (laundry, other beverages than mineral water, telephone, etc.)
  • Medical expenses and medical insurance.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Entertainment expenses: concerts, clubs, etc.
  • Personal travel and activities in the free time.


Payment schedule:

A non-refundable registration fee of € 150 should be paid once a place has been offered. Reservations will only be effective after payment of the fee.

The final payment should be done till April 15, 2017. This amount is fully refundable in case of cancelation 4 weeks before beginning the trip (May 20, 2017).



Accommodation

The field school will use complex Magura situated in Vidin region, North-Western Bulgaria. The resort has an outdoor pool, sun terrace and views of the mountain, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or a drink at the bar. Each room comes with a flat-screen TV. A terrace or balcony are featured in certain rooms. Every room is fitted with a private bathroom. Complex Magura features free WiFi throughout the property.



FIELD SCHOOL APPLICATION

HOW TO APPLY

Fill in the Online Application Form!

After submission of your application you will receive by e-mail 1) BAA standard Contract that specifies the conditions of the field school; 2) Invoice.

Contract your participation!

You should confirm or cancel your participation by e-mail within the period of one week. In case of confirmation, you should:

  1. Print the contract, fill in the required fields and information and then scan it.
  2. Transfer the registration fee to the BAA bank account, specified in the Invoice! Scan the bank receipt!
  3. Send by e-mail all scanned copies of the Contract filled and signed by you and the bank receipt! The e-mail with the attachments should be sent in the two-week period following the admission's date!

Payment schedule:

A non-refundable registration fee of € 150 should be paid once a place has been offered. Reservations will only be effective after payment of the fee.

The final payment should be done till April 15, 2017. This amount is fully refundable in case of cancelation 4 weeks before beginning the trip (May 20, 2017).

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