meeting : "Understanding Ancient Ceramic Productions.
Using Ethnoarchaeology and Archaeometry."
Tuesday 2 Dec
talk by Isabelle C. Druc
conclusion, in societies where the work of an artisan or artist is not
signed, or the workshop not specified, identification of the region of
production relies on paste analysis and the comparison to compositions
of known provenance. Style is usually not enough nor reliable to
identify provenance as it can be imitated. Identification of
provenance, determination of what is local, and technology of
production are starting to be addressed regularly in South America and
maps of technological traditions across space and time are slowly
taking shape. However, unless we reach regional perspectives built upon
detailed local studies, such interpretations are difficult. More
ethnoarchaeological and archaeometric studies are changing our
understanding of ancient Andean ceramic production and distribution.
However, as elsewhere, due to the many changes and challenges faced by
traditional production, these studies are more important than ever and
traditional knowledge and know-how have still many lessons to teach us.
Isabelle Druc is a ceramologist, specialized in Andean ceramics,
ethnoarchaeology and ceramic petrography. She did her Ph.D. in
Archaeology at the University of Montreal (Quebec, Canada), after
finishing her initial studies in Switzerland. She conducted
post-doctoral studies at Yale University in the United States, and has
been a visiting scholar at the CNRS in France and at the Smithsonian in
Washington D.C. She has received two excellence awards from the
University of Montreal in Canada and won the 1989 Plantamour-Prévost
science prize in Switzerland for her master at the University of
Geneva. She has been at the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 2000,
holding positions of lecturer, honorary fellow, and associate
researcher in the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER). She
was co-Director and Media-Director of the Deep Approach to Turkish
Teaching and Learning project, a Title VI educational project funded by
Department of Education. She has been involved in many
archaeological and ethnographic projects in South America, the Middle
East, USA, Europe, and more recently Southeast Asia. She has written
more than 30 articles, published 9 books (as author, co-author or
editor) and has produced some 200 film documentaries and video
interviews related to culture, language, ceramics, traditional arts and
handicrafts. She frequently gives
lectures and seminars in Europe, the USA and Latin America.
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