16 Ceramic Technology and Theoretical Perspectives

It should be clear by now that the study of pottery requires a precise and accurate characterisation of the pastes and fabrics in order to both identify the materials and techniques used in its production, and to interpret these technical actions within a society. In this sense, there are different theoretical approaches concerning the way technology is understood and how technological actions are interpreted that have triggered a marked dichotomy in the explanations about ceramic technology. In agreement with some of the major theoretical positions that have characterised archaeology since the second half of the twentieth century, some researchers have resorted to technical, environmental and ...

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