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A.G.A.T.H.O.C.L.E.S. The ‘Archaeology of Gesture’: Apprenticeship, Tools, Hands, Organization, Collaborations, Learning Experience and Social Network Analysis

Progetti internazionali
Programma di ricerca
Marie Sklodowska-Curie IF - Global
Ente finanziatore
Commissione Europea
Settore ERC
SH6_1 - Historiography, theory and methods in history, including the analysis of digital data
01/10/2021 - 30/09/2024
Marco Serino

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Descrizione del progetto

A.G.A.T.H.O.C.L.E.S. is an innovative approach that allow us to switch our perspective from an ‘archaeology of production’ towards an A.(rchaeology) of G.(esture): A.(pprenticeship), T.(ools), H.(ands), O.(rganization), C.(ollaborations), L.(earning) E.(xperience) and S.(ocial Network Analysis).

The project aims to explore training models and collaboration networks in one of the most dynamic industries of the ancient Classical World: the pottery productive tradition. For this purpose, the ceramic industry is the most common reality in the ancient world to address issues of knowledge transfer, gender division and mobility.

Nowadays, the study on craftsmen’s mobility needs to move towards the analysis of hidden ancient gestures and technological procedures. Numerous technological aspects related to the ancient artisanal ‘hands’ and tools, usually invisible to the naked eye, can now become visible thanks to advances in archaeometry, computational-imaging and other innovative toolkit this project intends to adopt through an highly-interdisciplinary approach (also with the help of forensic and experimental archaeology).

Digital humanities is also involved. In particular, Social Network Analysis can deeply innovate the methodologies used to identify workshops and provide new procedures to define groups, relationships, dependencies and elements that can explain the organization of this complex productive network.

Moving across microscopic analyses to macroscopic data-processing (related to the ancient dynamics of apprenticeship), the project specifically addresses the case-study of red-figure workshops in Southern Italy and Sicily (5th-4th century BCE). These ateliers are ideal to investigate learning experience and collaboration by focusing on five key aspects: a) collaborative patterns within the workshop, b) collaborative patterns with other workshops, c) age and gender differentiation of workforce, d) workers’ mobility, e) capacity of cultural adaptation.


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