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Title: Pots, practice and society : an investigation of pattern and variability in the post-deverel rimbury ceramic tradition of East Anglia
Author: Brudenell, Matthew Joseph
Awarding Body: University of York
Current Institution: University of York
Date of Award: 2012
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Pots were once the basis on which most understandings of British prehistory were founded. In the middle decades of the twentieth century, ceramic studies were fundamental to tracking the origins, history and extent of cultural traditions throughout Britain and beyond. But over the course of the last 40 years, this once central role of pottery has significantly diminished, to the extent that today, we rarely see pottery as anything but a dating tool. This was not always the way, and though we might query the equations made between pots and people by previous generations, we have arguably lost sight of how to harness this material to other forms of social narrative. Despite having more pottery'than ever before, with few exceptions, we have reverted to asking a restricted range of questions of this material, and as a result, have yielded answers which seldom chime with the interests of those beyond a narrow specialist community. In short, pots rarely seem to matter anymore, and like other categories of artefact, are accorded far less significance when compared to the evidence of landscapes and settlement architectures. This thesis redresses some of these imbalances in the context of later prehistoric research. It brings pottery back into focus as a material that allows us make substantive statements about the past. Specifically, it tracks the character and regional development of Late Bronze Age (c. 1100-800 BC) and Early Iron Age (c. 800-350 BC) Post-Deverel Rimbury pottery in Ea'st Anglia, and establishes the social context of ceramic production and -consumption. In doing so, it draws together a vast body of published and unpublished material amassed in the last few decades, and tackles the issue of how ceramic traditions were implicated in the constitution of social identities.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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