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Title: Kiln construction and use in Greece: communicating technical knowledge
Authors: Whitbread, Ian K.
Dawson, David
First Published: 2013
Presented at: International Conference on the Distribution of Technological Knowledge in the Production of Ancient Mediterranean Pottery, 23rd - 25th November 2012, Athens.
Publisher: Austrian Archaeological Institute
Citation: Whitbread, Ian K.; Dawson, David, Kiln construction and use in Greece: communicating technical knowledge, ed. Gauss, W.; Klebinder-Gauss, G.; von Ruden, C., 'The Distribution of Technological Knowledge in the Production of Ancient Mediterranean Pottery', Austrian Archaeological Institute
Abstract: Ancient kilns found in Greece are of the up-draught type and occur in two basic forms, circular and rectangular, with various arrangements to the structure of combustion chambers. Rarely is any direct evidence of the superstructure preserved. This paper examines the technological similarities between these kilns and the practical issues faced by potters in firing them. Potters learnt to control the firing process through a range of practices that leave few or no archaeological traces on the kiln structures. It is argued that differences found in most archaeological remains of kiln structures probably reflect cultural rather than technological distinctions. The transmission of technical knowledge on firing practices is therefore better reflected in the resulting pottery rather than kiln architecture.
Series/Report no.: Austrian Archaeological Institute;
Embargo on file until: 1-Jan-10000
Version: Pre-print
Type: Chapter
Rights: Copyright © 2013 Austrian Archaeological Institute.
Description: Embargo length currently unknown. The chapter is still in press. Permission to make the text available has been requested from the publisher and the full text may be made available once this has been received.
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