Craft Production: Ceramics, Textiles, and Bone

Joanna Sofaer, Lise Bender Jørgensen and Alice Choyke

in The Oxford Handbook of the European Bronze Age

Published in print June 2013 | ISBN: 9780199572861
Published online September 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Archaeology

Craft Production: Ceramics, Textiles, and             Bone

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The Bronze Age can be characterised by an unprecedented increase in craft activity. One of these was the production of bone, ceramics, and textiles, three contrasting materials that became widespread in this period. This article discusses the production of these materials separately, starting with its various types. It then differentiates the kinds of ceramics, textiles, and worked bone that was produced in various European regions and during the different periods of the Bronze Age. The article also demonstrates how these materials were produced and how the materials for their production were selected. It concludes with a study of their connection to other craft products.

Keywords: craft activity; worked bone; ceramics; textiles; craft production

Article.  10974 words. 

Subjects: Archaeology ; Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Archaeology

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