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To the vicinity and beyond! Production, distribution and trade of cooking greywares in medieval Catalonia, Spain

Allepuz, ET; Quinn, PS; López Pérez, MD; (2015) To the vicinity and beyond! Production, distribution and trade of cooking greywares in medieval Catalonia, Spain. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences , 8 (4) pp. 763-778. 10.1007/s12520-015-0254-3. Green open access

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Abstract

Utilitarian greyware ceramics are one of the most abundant artefacts at rural sites in Medieval Catalonia, Spain, and were manufactured by numerous long-lived production centres. The stylistic homogeneity of this class of pottery has traditionally restricted its contribution to the archaeological interpretation of the region. However, recent scientific analyses of excavated kiln sites are offering new perspectives via the establishment of compositional reference groups for greyware ceramics. Using one such dataset, from the large workshop of Cabrera d’Anoia, this paper examines the distribution and consumption of utilitarian grey pottery at 25 Medieval sites across Catalonia. The study reveals a pattern of several regional production centres distributing their goods to small villages within the surrounding countryside and, in some cases, competing for rural markets. This is interpreted in terms of the mechanisms by which greyware pottery was distributed, as well as the socio-political and religious influences on its supply and demand in Medieval Catalonia.

Type: Article
Title: To the vicinity and beyond! Production, distribution and trade of cooking greywares in medieval Catalonia, Spain
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s12520-015-0254-3
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12520-015-0254-3
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript/. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Medieval pottery ; Petrography ; Geochemistry ; Production ; Distribution ; Catalonia ; Spain
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1469565
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