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Craft and People - International Conference, British Museum

Thursday, 1 November, 2012 to Friday, 2 November, 2012
Ilaria Pulini
Cristiano Iaia
Claudio Cavazzuti
Markus Binggeli
Markus Robert Binggeli
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The staff of the Museo Civico Archeologico of Modena (IT), Claudio Cavazzuti, Cristiano Iaia, Markus Robert Binggeli, Markus Binggeli, participated to the International Conference "Craft and People" on 1st and 2nd of November 2012, organised by the British Museum in London.
Aim of the conference was to explore ways in which approach craftspeople behind objects and find complexes in the archaeological record. How have craftspeople left marks on things, places, and times? What roles did they play within their communities, and can we trace their social status through the archaeological record? What methodologies are available to identify people behind material remains? How are craftspeople linked across geographical and temporal planes, how is knowledge and skill reproduced and transformed? To this end, the organizers brought together a diverse group of scholars to discuss the nexus craft – people – archaeology across a range of materials (such as lithics, ceramics, metal, textiles, etc.), periods, and regions, incorporating evidence from prehistoric and early historic societies across Europe and the Mediterranean.
Several students, experts and researchers coming from different European University and from North America participated to the Conference. The common goal was to contribute to highlight the big complexity of the crafts during Prehistory and Protohistory in Europe, with particular reference to the Bronze Age time.
It emerged an articulated picture of technologies, circulation of artefacts and socio-economics’ structures, came principally from archaeological sources, but also from ethnological comparisons.
The Italian team participated as audience and as demonstrator. The intervention of the Modena team, with the speech of Cristiano Iaia (University della Tuscia), focused on the reconstruction of the metallurgy process production in the frame of the Terramare civilization in the bronze age. The research, supported by the information coming from the archaeological excavations, was helped by the experimental archaeology. This is the reason why were present in the Modena team Markus Binggeli and Markus Robert Binggeli, craftsmen and experimenters, and Claudio Cavazzuti, archaeologist and experimenter. They presented to the audience artefacts produced during experimental archaeology activities achieved during workshops organised in the frame of the European project OpenArch: swords, daggers, bronze vases, stone moulds, tools.


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