What makes a workshop? Ceramic production in Late Bronze and Iron Age Iberia

Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk


Talk for EAA session 254

In the Iberian Peninsula, the shift to the systematic production of ceramics as surplus for interregional and long-distance trade is generally ascribed to the establishment of Phoenician mercantile colonies on its southern coastline. Phoenicians utilised the double-chambered updraught kiln and low-mounted potter’s wheel, producing tangible evidence of the emergence of workshop modes of production. Due to limited evidence, however, little is known about the organisation of ceramic production prior to the adoption of these innovations, driving the assumption that hand-made ceramics are produced domestically for local and personal consumption.

Drawing on archaeometric studies from across the Iberian Peninsula, this presentation aims to shed light on the organisation of ceramic production prior to the introduction of the potter’s wheel in different regions in the Iberian Peninsula. It highlights differences between the production processes of hand-made and wheel-made ceramics, as well as discussing new evidence from northern Iberia of the interregional circulation of hand-made ceramics during the Iron Age. This informs discussions on the difference between the economic systems in which Bronze Age and Iron Age modes of ceramic production were embedded and on what a workshop makes in Late Bronze Age and Iron Age Iberia.
Period1 Sept 2022
Event titleAnnual meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA): (Re)Integration
Event typeConference
LocationBudapestShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational