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2 - Uncover the Technique of Traditional Pottery Making by Using Japanese Method

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

Pottery holds a very important place in archaeological research. Pottery tells many stories of how it was made and who made it. In this paper, 3 distinguished types of black colored archaeological potsherds of Bangladesh were collected and analyzed to understand the technique of the manufacturing process. These three types were associated with the time span of 700 BCE-300 AD. This time period can be called as ‘late Neolithic’ or ‘Early Historic period’ of Bengal region. In this paper the manufacturing technique of the archaeological pottery was studied on the basis of the thin section observation under a microscope, which is called ‘Polished Thin-section Method’; the modern version of this method was introduced by Japanese Professor Dr. Fumio Okada. Scientific analysis of these cultural materials is important not only to distinguish the technology or characteristics, but also to understand the spread of regional culture related to the analysed material. In Japan, different types of pottery or earthenware, wooden lacquered object, wall painting and other archaeological objects are examined vey successfully by the technique of ‘Polished Thin-section’. ‘Polished thin-section method’ which was applied in this research could make a great impact of the pottery research of Bangladesh; also cultural inter-relation of South Asian countries could be possible by using this method.

Dilruba Sharmin

University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

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