This chapter presents the ceramic assemblages collected during fieldwork in 2005 and 2006 from the two main sites at Gobero, G1 and G3. Several thousands of potsherds were collected in the archaeological deposit where the burials were dug. Except for one fragment, the ceramic complex is not associated with the burials as grave goods, but belongs to a parallel use of the sites as habitations. After illustrating the ceramic complex and the analytical and classification methods used for the present study, this chapter describes the preservation condition, the radiocarbon dates obtained on some ceramic samples, and the chaîne opératoire of the ceramic productions. The latter includes clay processing, shaping, surface treatment, and decorations, which are described according to the techniques and the implements used to decorate the pottery, and to the resulting motifs and structures. Intraspatial distribution of the ceramics is then separately considered for the two main sites, G1 and G3. The results are finally compared to other Saharan and Sahelian contexts, which indicate peculiar analogies and differences from Gobero. Technological and chronological variability could be related to cultural and behavioural change over the long span of time of use of the Gobero sites.

Manufacturing technology of the ceramic assemblages

GARCEA, Elena Antonella Alda
2013

Abstract

This chapter presents the ceramic assemblages collected during fieldwork in 2005 and 2006 from the two main sites at Gobero, G1 and G3. Several thousands of potsherds were collected in the archaeological deposit where the burials were dug. Except for one fragment, the ceramic complex is not associated with the burials as grave goods, but belongs to a parallel use of the sites as habitations. After illustrating the ceramic complex and the analytical and classification methods used for the present study, this chapter describes the preservation condition, the radiocarbon dates obtained on some ceramic samples, and the chaîne opératoire of the ceramic productions. The latter includes clay processing, shaping, surface treatment, and decorations, which are described according to the techniques and the implements used to decorate the pottery, and to the resulting motifs and structures. Intraspatial distribution of the ceramics is then separately considered for the two main sites, G1 and G3. The results are finally compared to other Saharan and Sahelian contexts, which indicate peculiar analogies and differences from Gobero. Technological and chronological variability could be related to cultural and behavioural change over the long span of time of use of the Gobero sites.
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