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Roman Pottery in the Archaeological Record [Hardcover]

J. Theodore Peña
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30 April 2007
This book examines how Romans used their pottery and the implications of these practices on the archaeological record. It is organized around a flow model for the life cycle of Roman pottery that includes a set of eight distinct practices: manufacture, distribution, prime use, reuse, maintenance, recycling, discard, reclamation. J. Theodore Peña evaluates how these practices operated, how they have shaped the archaeological record, and the implications of these processes on archaeological research through the examination of a wide array of archaeological, textual, representational and comparative ethnographic evidence. The result is a rich portrayal of the dynamic that shaped the archaeological record of the ancient Romans that will be of interest to archaeologists, ceramicists, and students of material culture.

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  • Hardcover: 458 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (30 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521865417
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521865418
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 16 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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'Peña's book is an essential study that needed to be carried out, and its author was ideally placed to undertake this task. … we strongly recommend that Peña's rigourous work should become a component of the training of all field archaeologists and pottery specialists involved in the study of Roman sites.' Antiquity

'Peña establishes himself as a leading figure in the [field] of roman archaeology with this book, which provides a theoretical map of the life of any excavated Roman pottery shred. It should be read wherever archaeology is taught and will be an important resource for students of Roman pottery, for whom the illustrations, appendices, and maps will be particularly helpful. Furthermore, the book sets a new intellectual level for the study of excavation pottery in Old World archaeology. His book belongs in the reference library, not just of every excavation director and pottery analyst on Roman sites, but also of any archaeologist working with a sophisticated urbanized by preindustrial culture.' American Journal of Archaeology

'The book will be stimulating reading to classical archaeologists who work with excavated pottery, particularly from urban and domestic sites.' Bryn Mawr Classical Review

'By encouraging us to look more carefully at the behaviour that lies behind assemblage formation, the book has been entirely successful in its aims.' Journal of Roman Archaeology

'Usefully draws on a wide range of literary and pictorial sources to elicit information on poetry use … this book should spur researchers to look more closely at their assemblages.' Current Archaeology

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A rich portrayal of how Romans used their pottery and the implications of these practices on the archaeological record, considering an array of evidence including Latin and ancient Greek texts and representations in Roman art. It will appeal to specialists and academics interested in archaeology, Roman pottery and ceramics.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent purchase. 26 May 2013
By Judy B.
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Supplied in 1st class condition and on time. This book delighted the graduate student it was purchased for: infact the first page that was opened at random supported an identification that had been questioned ! The `statue' piece was, in fact, part of an `Elbow' pestle & mortar as had been identified correctly by the student. Worth buying for that fact only in our case, but I am sure it was of even more benefit during further study. Many thanks.
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The book arrived very quickly, and it was in very good shape. I am looking forward to reading it soon.
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Perspective on the Subject 28 Aug 2012
By Liz - Published on
This book is very well written. It manages to introduce and explicate the subject well, even for archaeologists outside the Roman world. The book is dense with information, but never unreadable, and it brings to light an often-ignored facet of archaeology. My initial reading of the book sparked new thoughts about the full life cycle of Roman pottery, and now it has become an important reference book in my home library.
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