New Archaeological method finds children were skilled ceramists during the Bronze Age
Date: May 11, 2016
Source: Lund University (sciencedaily.com)
This article is really impressive because they look archaeology from a different perspective. Instead of using scientific approach to understand archaeological remains, they analyzed them with artisanal interpretation method. This method subjectively examines human physical ability to create things regardless of the historical period, which eventually emphasizes more on the processual archaeology. They want to understand the ‘processes’ of how artifacts were made, skills involved and time taken to produce it. With this method in mind, they analyzed receptacles with fingerprints left and figured that children in the Bronze Age could be skilled ceramists. According to Katarina Botwid, a trained ceramist, it would take around 3 years to attain the level of skill apparent from some of the receptacles. I think this is really cool knowing that people living in the past, like Bronze Age, already developed these skills. Besides understanding the processes of how these artifacts are actually made, these skills also imply that the artifact (receptacles) might have been an important and vital object that they used in daily basis.
Pursuing this further, I would also be interested if this study can elaborate with cultural history approach. This way, we can observe how people skills in the past developed and if there are any variations of this type of artifact over certain period of time (diachronic).