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The socio-cultural context of the production and use of African red slip ware, A.D. 100-700

Pamberg, E.H.; (2011) The socio-cultural context of the production and use of African red slip ware, A.D. 100-700. Masters thesis , UCL (University College London).

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Abstract

African Red Slip ware is a table and cooking ware produced in numerous kilns in northern Africa from the first into the seventh century A.D. It was widely distributed throughout the Mediterranean and remained a popular item until the Arab invasion of the later seventh century A.D. The thesis sketches general trends in the functional composition of pottery assemblages in Roman North Africa from the first to the seventh century A.D. The approach to this research is multi-disciplinary, as it correlates archaeological data with socio-cultural studies, such as material culture theory. The data comes from the analysis and quantification of published material (Carthage and Rome) and from the author’s research (Leptiminus). The central research question focuses on how African Red Slip ware was used in the Roman period and investigates private consumption behaviour at the household level. The comparative study establishes variations within the data regarding the variables of fabric, form and date and highlights differences and similarities between the assemblages. The study of changes in the use of African Red Slip ware are used to study consumption patterns and the influence of Roman traditions on local cultural identity. The results reveal that the cultural consequences of acculturation in the Roman empire were less complex than expected. The adoption of Roman material culture influenced natives, while at the same time did not impair their native identity. African Red Slip ware is the result of a complex cultural fusion reflecting Roman and North African influences.

Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: The socio-cultural context of the production and use of African red slip ware, A.D. 100-700
Language: English
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UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1318102
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