Ceramics in Context


Ceramics were a ubiquitous commodity in Antiquity. Due to its high prevalence and functionality, ceramics constitute a source of absolutely fundamental empirical material in archaeology, which can be studied across time and space. The development of distinguishable types (studies of form development - typologies) that slowly but surely evolved (often over centuries) serves as the most important dating criteria in Classical Archaeology. As a result, an understanding of society in Antiquity relies heavily on the exploration and understanding of ceramics. This 3-year research project, involving an assistant professor, a PhD student and student assistants, takes a context-first approach to the study of ceramics, and the aim is to optimise the gain of this important group of materials through contextualisation.

Upcoming Events

Wed 11 Oct
09:00-18:00 | UrbNet, Aarhus University, Moesgaard Allé 20, 8270 Højbjerg (bldg. 4230, room 232
Specialist workshop: Danish-German Jerash Northwest Quarter Project
Thu 12 Oct
09:00-18:00 | UrbNet, Aarhus University, Moesgaard Allé 20, 8270 Højbjerg (bldg. 4230, room 232)
Cilician Wine, African Plates, Italian Cooking – Imported Pottery in the Decapolis in Roman to Early Islamic times
Conference in the framework of the project Ceramics in Context.


Ancient Earthquake Turned Mosaic Workshop into Time Capsule

2017.08.15An earthquake-toppled house in the ancient city of Jerash is providing archaeologists with clues on how artisans constructed mosaics during the eighth century.

Early Islamic House Unearthed in Jordan

2017.08.15JERASH, JORDAN—Live Science reports that archaeologists have unearthed the remains of an extravagant early Islamic period house in the city of Jerash.

Mosaics in 'Pompeii of the East' reveal moment of destruction that crushed a city 1,200 years ago

2017.08.10The city in northern Jordan was hit by a deadly earthquake in the 8th century.

Archaeologists reveal the history of mosaics

2017.08.09New insight into mosaics production in the Early Islamic Period.

City and wadi: exploring the environs of Jerash

2017.08.09Archaeological excavations of urban sites in the Mediterranean have a long history, but only recently are geoarchaeology-based landscape studies beginning to provide insight into the complex and dynamic relationships between cities and their hinterlands. Such studies are becoming increasingly important as archaeologists seek to understand how cities sustained themselves, demonstrating resilience to both external shocks and long-term environmental changes, and, conversely, how cities contributed to their own demise through the over-exploitation of environmental resources.

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