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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

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The City of Gods and Ancient Indus Craft Traditions

Original post on the TwoRains Blog. Hi again – it is Alessandro. I am currently writing from India, more specifically from Varanasi, an exceptional city in Uttar Pradesh, Northern India. You might say, “Wait a second – there is no Indus settlement in Varanasi! What are you doing there?” The answer is simple: I am… Continue reading The City of Gods and Ancient Indus Craft Traditions

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Fire! Fire! – Or why archaeologists investigate ancient firing technologies

Original post on the TwoRains Blog. Hi again – it is Alessandro, your friendly neighbourhood ceramic specialist. In the last few weeks, I have been busy re-firing some archaeological ceramics in a furnace at the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge. You might ask “Why do you put ancient pottery in an oven?” Although it… Continue reading Fire! Fire! – Or why archaeologists investigate ancient firing technologies

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Introducing the APT Petro-Lab

Affordable, Practical and Transportable Petrographic Laboratory Original post on the TwoRains Blog. Hi again – it is Alessandro, your neighbourhood ceramic specialist. In a previous post on Indus Ceramics (link here) I mentioned some of my daily tasks as part of the TwoRains research project in Cambridge: amongst them, ceramic thin-section petrography, which I am using to… Continue reading Introducing the APT Petro-Lab

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Beyond Indus Ceramics: Exploring the British Museum Collections

Original post on the ERC TwoRains Blog, HERE. 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… Continue reading Beyond Indus Ceramics: Exploring the British Museum Collections