CERAMIC PRODUCTION IN THE ANCIENT MEDITERRANEAN WORLD: THE IBERIAN EXAMPLE
Alexis Gorgues (Ausonius, CNRS, University of Bordeaux)
IRAMAT-CRP2A, UMR 5060
Consorcio de los Iberos en el Bajo Aragón
Duration: 2.5 years (1st September 2012- 31st December 2014)
Temporary recruitment: Florent Comte (01/12/12 to 31/12/12)
We intend to conduct a research combining archaeological and archaeometrical approaches and dealing with technological, social and economic conditions of ceramic production in a specific region of Western Europe during Iron Age: the Iberian domain. The field of study implied with this term, which is a compound of ancient designations and a modern historiographical construction, corresponds to a material culture facies quite heterogeneous extending all over the Spanish Mediterranean fringe and in France to the Languedoc region.
Ceramics plays a very important role in the definition of this facies. This research will study a specific Northern Spain region, the Low Aragon, where we benefit from a firm anchorage. The excavation of the Moreno farmhouse potters’ workshop, Foz-Calanda (Teruel), dating from, according to our current knowledge, a period between 3rd and 1st century BC, started in 2005. It provides a unique experimentation field for both the type of remains and excavation: it is a planned operation on a ground belonging to the Iberos en el Bajo Aragón consortium, an economic interest group aiming to conduct research and promote the archaeological heritage linked to the Iberian period.
We plan to extend and strengthen this field operation through the development of new research in and out of the site, especially in archaeometry. This research, which fits into the Topic 2 of the Cluster of excellence (Exploitation, Innovation, Exchange) will aim to analyse the development conditions and the evolution of the painted turned ceramic production in the Low Aragon, to understand the economic logic which appears in the time and spatial organisation of the Moreno farmhouse production activity and to analyse the relations of the workshop with its close or distant environment.