RUB Research School

Appropriation and use of raw materials in southern Sardinia. Approaches to nuragic production of ceramics based on landscape archaeology.

The research project

My doctoral project concerns the activities and materials connected to the production of ceramics in Bronze Age Sardinia. The objective of this research is reconstructing the appropriation and utilization of mineral resources within their social and environmental context.

The Nuragic period in Sardinia spans the Middle Bronze Age to the Early Iron Age (ca. 1650-600 BCE) and is characterized by monumental architecture and seemingly conservative pottery.

In my dissertation I want to investigate the ceramic assemblage of Gruttiacqua, a Nuragic village in the Canai-plain on the island of Sant’Antioco (SW Sardinia). By adopting a holistic approach, I am combining typological classification with petrographic analysis aiming at identifying different recipes and materials and thus understand the socio-cultural context of the production. To integrate the single site into the surrounding landscape, clays and sediments of the Canai-plain are sampled and analyzed. By identifying the raw materials that were selected for pottery production and also those which were not, I want to investigate the perception of different materials by the Nuragic craftsperson as well as the perception of the landscape. The second level of analysis comprises the comparison of the results from Gruttiacqua and the Canai-plain with other sites in southern Sardinia. The aim is to trace regularities in the appropriation and use of raw materials and identify factors that are instead related to specific environmental or social conditions.

What I need the IRB for

The IRB is providing me with the possibility to react to short-term invitations and have the flexibility to adjust my plans according to my destination. Especially in this challenging time during the pandemic it creates a reliable foundation and gives me an immense amount of freedom. To be able to participate in conferences abroad and conduct fieldwork independently is a great advantage in my further studies.

IRB Fundes Activities

27th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) in Kiel, Germany 2021

Together with my colleague Tim Klingenberg and my supervisor Constance von Rüden, I was able to present my PhD as part of our archaeological field-project for the first time in a wider international context. Within the general theme of ‘Widening horizons through human-environment interconnections’ the session that we were presenting in was concentrating on living habitat and community landscape management and therefore offered not only possibilities for comparison but also many inspirations for my own research. The 27th EAA meeting was held in virtual format which made it possible for me to attend while being in Sardinia for fieldwork. Although it is never quite as easy as attending a conference in person, it was a great opportunity to discuss and present my work and meet other researchers (virtually) interested in the same topics.