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Pottery Goes Public. Performing Archaeological Research Amid the Audience

Loes Opgenhaffen
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Published Online: 2018-03-15 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opar-2018-0004


The project Pottery Goes Public explores the potential of 3D analytical tools to assess to what extent they can provide us with new interpretations and insights into the technological aspects of ancient pottery manufacturing. However, developing innovative 3D imaging techniques for ceramic analysis is not the only aim of the project. Since its inception, Pottery Goes Public has been designed to involve a wider audience not only into the study of ancient potting techniques, but also into the very process of carrying out the research. As advocated by the proponents of a reflexive approach to archaeology, in order to make the past relevant to contemporary society it is imperative for the archaeologist to include all interested parties into every stage of the analysis, from the formulation of the research questions to the dissemination of outputs. In this sense, the deployment of modern 3D technologies proved to be an indisputably powerful medium of communication and interaction with the public at large. Performing live archaeological research with cutting edge tools is a key step towards opening up academic research to multiple actors and actively engaging them with the archaeological interpretative process.

Keywords : 3D scanning; 3D reproduction and printing; archaeology and public; multivocality; pottery technology


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Received: 2017-03-30

Accepted: 2018-01-01

Published Online: 2018-03-15

Citation Information: Open Archaeology, Volume 4, Issue 1, Pages 62–80, ISSN (Online) 2300-6560, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opar-2018-0004.

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