Feats of Clay: Considering the Materiality of Late Bronze Age Cyprus

Steel, Louise (2020) Feats of Clay: Considering the Materiality of Late Bronze Age Cyprus. Sustainability. ISSN 2071-1050

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This paper examines the materiality of the Cypriot Base Ring ware through the lens of the new materialisms. Specifically, it draws upon Bennett’s vibrant matter and thing-power, to explore how cultural and technological knowledges of Late Bronze Age Cyprus were informed through material engagements with clay. This approach highlights the agency of matter and illustrates how the distinct capacities of clay (working with water and fire) provoked, enabled and constrained potters’ behaviour, resulting in a distinctive pottery style that was central to the Late Cypriot social and material world. The aim is to demonstrate how people, materials and objects are all matter in relationship, drawing attention to the fluidity, porosity and relationality of the material world.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cyprus; Late Bronze Age; Ring Base; new materialisms; thing-power; clay
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DE The Mediterranean Region. The Greco-Roman World
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
T Technology > TT Handicrafts Arts and crafts
Divisions: Institutes and Academies > Institute of Education and Humanities > Academic Discipline: Humanities and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Louise Steel
Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2020 09:33
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2023 11:38
URI: https://repository.uwtsd.ac.uk/id/eprint/1418

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