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"The measure of the sea?": Transport Amphoras from the Archaic Shipwreck at Pabuç Burnu, Turkey - CANCELED

Date and Time: 
Thursday, June 4, 2020. 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Meeting Location: 
Zoom
Workshop: 
Standardization in Ancient Economies 2019
Meeting Description: 
 
 

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop meeting has been canceled by the organizer.

 

This paper offers an investigation into an assemblage of cargo amphoras from the 6th-century BCE shipwreck at Pabuç Burnu, Turkey. The jars are connected by broadly similar regional style and volumetrics that adhere only minimally to identifiable formal standards. In exploring the absence of precise standards of measurement, Greene considers how various concepts of measure (metron) were approached in the archaic Greek world and how the recognition of flexible measurement—“rulers made of rubber” as Neer and Kurke (2019) describe—offers new options for thinking about the role of containers at different economic stages from production to consumption. The absence of formal standards in the assemblage suggests a vital role for different types of embedded social relationships among potters unconcerned with particulars of clay composition, merchants unbound by mechanisms of transparency and external oversight, and consumers unaccustomed to rigidly branded merchandise.

Professor Elizabeth S. Greene is associate professor of classics at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. Her research focuses on the material remains of interaction in the archaic and classical Greek world and the development of ancient maritime economies across the Mediterranean. For nearly two decades she has directed fieldwork on shipwrecks and harbor sites off the Turkish coast, and more recently along the coast of southeast Sicily. As Vice President for Cultural Heritage of the Archaeological Institute of America and now its First Vice President, her work involves heritage preservation and advocacy; recent efforts highlight connections between longterm human mobility and contemporary dialogs on migration and displacement.

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