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1 - Clay Pots from Archaeological Context: A Tall Tale

Saturday, July 7
10:20 AM - 11:50 AM
Location: Rudraksha, Lower Ground Floor

In the archaeological context pottery undoubtedly gets more than its fair share of attention as it is often described as the life and blood of archaeology. Understanding pottery from the archaeological context will require us to move beyond the correlations and observations to explanations: not simply how was pottery used, but was its practical container usage foremost? Or was its beginning, a development out of some other functions, may be symbolic related to ritual or status? How and why did pottery come to be present in material assemblages? Most fundamentally we ask, WHY POTS?


This paper will seek to answer this fundamental question while talking about the ceramic repertoire with special reference to Deccan chalcolithic and Ahar Banas Chalcolithic complex. In addition an attempt will be made to show some continuing legacy of these prehistoric clay pots in modern day society. 

Amrita Sarkar

Deccan College Postgraduate and Research Institute, India

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