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Beyond Indus Ceramics: Exploring the British Museum Collections

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Greetings! – this is Alessandro and I am one of the ceramics specialists for the ERC TwoRains project. For my PhD research, I am pursuing a holistic approach to the study of archaeological ceramic materials from Indus urban and post-urban sites being excavated by the project to trace social continuity and transformations within the production systems of rural communities.

Long story short: I spend a lot of time looking at fragments of pottery, thin-sections and ceramic powder samples. I am combining technological and compositional methods to study ceramic industries, including thin-section petrography, XRD, FTIR, WD-XRF and pXRF. Combining these methods with traditional morpho-stylistic analysis, I am investigating the production (chaîne opératoire) of artefacts to understand synchronic and diachronic cultural behaviour.

Storage jar Indus Storage Jar from Mohenjo-daro. © The Trustees of the British Museum

In the last 6 months, I have been taking short breaks from microscopes and databases in Cambridge to…

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The Indus Civilisation in Athens, Greece

Ancient South Asian crafts and technologies meet ancient and modern Greece Find the original post on the Fitch Blog, BSA, British School at Athens. You might wonder why an Italian researcher from Rome, PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge, went to Athens to work on archaeological materials from Ancient India. Well, the reason is… Continue reading The Indus Civilisation in Athens, Greece

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Ethnoarchaeology of crafts in villages in north-west India

Original post on the TwoRains Blog. Hi again – Alessandro here.  After spending 4 months in India, studying ancient ceramic artefacts and working on the excavation at Lohari Ragho (link), Haryana, I am finally back in Cambridge, with plenty of samples. As mentioned in a previous blogpost (link), I spent several weeks at Banaras Hindu… Continue reading Ethnoarchaeology of crafts in villages in north-west India