Seminar: “From clay figurines to craft figures: tracing producers’ technical and social background through multidisciplinary approaches” (9 june 2021)

The seminar, promoted by the project PROCESS – “Pharaonic Rescission: Objects as Crucibles of ancient Egyptian Societies (PI: Prof. Gianluca Miniaci, University of Pisa), is a public event dedicated to clay figurines as a valuable means to study their producers. It will bring together scholars with experience in the study of figurines from diverse chronological and cultural contexts, with particular attention to the application of multidisciplinary approaches in order to promote the debate on this topic and identify effective research strategies suitable for the reconstruction of the social and technical background of the craft figures.

 

The seminar will be held on 9 June 2021 on Microsoft Teams at this link: https://tinyurl.com/y7yzcuk4

For more information: process.miniaci@gmail.com

 

Program of the event:

9:00-9:20

Greetings and Introduction

9:20-09:40

M. Vidale

An innovative technique for reconstructing the chaîne opératoire of a late neolithic figurine

09:40-10:00

E. Starnini

In the beginning: anthropomorphic clay figurines in prehistoric Europe

10:00-10:15

Discussion

10:15-10:30

Coffee break

10:30-10:50

C. DeVito, L. Medeghini, S. Mignardi

Mineralogy and petrography as key drivers to understand the technological background of ancient people

10:50-11:10

D. Braekmans, A. Van der Perre, V. Boschloos, H. Hameeuw

Skin-deep: chemical characterisation of unfired clay and innovative imaging techniques for the study of Egyptian execration figurines

11:10-11:25

Discussion

11:25-11:45

M. Whitford

Understanding Egyptian shabti manufacture via morphology and elemental analyses

11:45-12:05

G. Miniaci, V. Forte,

Unravelling the makers: people and techniques behind the figurines of Lahun

12:05-13:00

Discussion and concluding remarks

 

Program & Abstracts

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