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Archaeology of craft and artisans in the Ottoman Empire: a case of ceramic production in Belgrade during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries

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posted on 2021-04-28, 16:07 authored by J Živković, V Bikić, M Georgakopoulou, JC Carvajal López
This paper discusses an archaeology of ceramic craft and artisans in the sixteenth–seventeenth centuries Belgrade and problematises its relation to historical models of urban production in the Ottoman Empire. The study focuses on five common wares, representative of the Middle Danube region, found in well-defined consumption contexts of Belgrade’s intra and extra muros settlements. The production technology of these wares, including ceramic bodies, slips, and glazes, was studied with ceramic petrography and chemical analysis, and the results were interpreted using the chaîne opératoire conceptual framework. The petrographic study was also used for a preliminary provenance determination of raw materials. It is proposed that Monochrome Glazed Ware, Slip-Painted Ware, and Domestic Unglazed Ware were locally made in Belgrade following the Ottoman conquest in 1521. The emergence of this production coincides with the abrupt cultural change in the Middle Danube region marked by migrations and new socio-economic conditions initiated by the Ottomans. Traits of the local production are compared to the existing corpus of knowledge on the urban craftsmanship and guilds formulated in Ottoman historiography for the purpose of developing a cross-disciplinary approach to crafts and artisans in the Ottoman Empire.

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Citation

Archaeol Anthropol Sci 13, 63 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12520-021-01306-3

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School of Archaeology and Ancient History

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  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences

Volume

13

Issue

4

Publisher

Springer Science and Business Media LLC

issn

1866-9557

eissn

1866-9565

Acceptance date

2021-02-22

Copyright date

2021

Available date

2022-03-17

Language

en

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