posted on 2021-06-28, 19:13authored byVeronica Testolini
This dataset contains the complete collection of the raw data from Testolini PhD research: Ceramic Technology and Cultural Change in Sicily from the 6th to the 11th century AD.
The thesis addresses issues of the technology and provenance of pottery
from medieval Sicily (6th-11th century A.D.). The reconstruction of
pottery production and consumption is undertaken in order to illuminate
the social and economic effects of the influx of population and the
introduction of new technologies in Sicily, in the time of transition
between Byzantine and Islamic rulers.
The research applies a technological interpretative framework to the
study of ceramic upon material culture evidence, based up similar
successful analytical approaches elsewhere in the Mediterranean. The
chaîne opératoire approach was employed to reconstruct changes and
continuity in Sicilian ceramic craft, while consumption patterns were
studied through the characterisation of the pottery sets in Sicilian
Byzantine contexts and successive phases, to identify innovation perhaps
linked to the arrival of new settlers.
Petrographic analysis of entire assemblages was carried out to identify
those products manufactured in Sicily as well as imported vessels.
Macroscopic observation, thin section petrography, optical microscopy
and SEM-EDS analysis were combined to reconstruct Sicilian production
sequences (data realted to these analysis are contained in this dataset). The thesis presents the characterisation of raw material
choice and processing, forming methods, finishing techniques, and firing
procedures of cooking pots, table wares, storage and transport
containers, manufactured in Sicily from the 6th-7th to the 11th century.
Taking an assemblage-based approach, rather than only considering glazed
wares, strong evidence is presented for both continuity and some
distinct changes in technology from the Byzantine period to Islamic
period in Sicily. Comparisons of the results with other cognate studies
from contemporary contexts within the Byzantine Empire and the Islamic
Caliphate makes it possible to suggest the movement of new settlers to
Sicily from North Africa (perhaps both Christians and Muslims); and
also, revealed some changes but also continuity in the consumption
habits in Sicily at the dawn of the early medieval Mediterranean.
University of Sheffield Phd Funding for Arts and Humanities
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Methodology, headings and units
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