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Publication . Article . 2017

From sherds to potters: the contribution of techno-morphological approaches to understanding the British Neolithic

Pioffet, Hélène; Ard, Vincent;
Published: 01 Jan 2017
Publisher: HAL CCSD
Country: France
International audience; The British Neolithic transition, occurring around 4000 BC, at least one millennium after the continental part of Northwest Europe, is still subject to important debate these days. Various studies suggest that the Neolithic start involved farming immigrants from various parts of the Continent. However, ceramics of the Early Neolithic of Britain became increasingly distinct from their Continental roots, particularly in the Southwest and Southeast of England. We recently completed two important projects, one on Early Neolithic British and Irish pottery and the other on Peterborough Ware, integrating a new way of considering these early productions through a technological approach and the observation of various steps of the chaîne opératoire. This paper is the opportunity to present preliminary results which shed a new light on the evolution of pottery wares during the fourth millennium BC in Southern Britain. It specifically highlights strong connections between Early Neolithic and Middle Neolithic pottery, in terms of style, but above in terms of manufacturing techniques.
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ACM Computing Classification System: ComputingMilieux_MISCELLANEOUS


manufacturing techniques, pottery, British islands, Early Neolithic, Middle Neolithic, chaîne opératoire, decorative grammar, [SHS.ARCHEO]Humanities and Social Sciences/Archaeology and Prehistory

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