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Valentine Roux: Standardization of Water Jars, Manufacturing Techniques, and Economy

Date and Time: 
Tuesday, April 13, 2021. 12:00 PM
Meeting Location: 
Zoom
Workshop: 
Standardization in Ancient Economies 2020
Meeting Description: 

In this presentation, Dr. Roux proposes to examine a present-day situation in which potters, working on a domestic scale, make the same type of water jar, use the same type of clay and firing technique, and sell their pots within the same market economy, over a wide geographical area. These potters belong to two distinct social groups, the Prajapat (Hindus) and the Moila (Muslims). In the past, these two groups made different types of pots, used different sources of clay, fired their pots using different methods, and either bartered (Prajapat) or sold (Moila) their pots. The standardization process was a bottom-up process promoted by the consumers, without interactions between potters. It took about 30 years. During this process, many Hindu potters abandoned the craft, because of so-called economic reasons, but in fact mainly for cognitive and social reasons. This case study, however particular, reveals the mechanisms that generate standardization in a context of consumer-driven production.

Valentine Roux is director of research at the CNRS (The National Center for Scientific Research, France). She is a worldwide leader in ceramic technology. She conducts researches on the evolutionary trajectories of ceramic traditions and related social groups in the southern Levant between the 5th and 3rd millennium BC. She also works in northern India to elaborate reference models aimed at enriching the anthropological interpretations of archaeological assemblages. She is the author and editor of several books including a manual on ceramic technology, Ceramics and Society: A Technological Approach to Archaeological Assemblages (2019, Springer Nature).

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