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Ceramic Transition and Actor-Network Theory : The Gyllenkrok House, Lund

Johansson, Erik LU (2020) In Lund Archaeological Review 24-25. p.27-39
Abstract
During the 12th and 13th centuries the pottery assemblages in
Scandinavia changed from hand-formed into wheel-thrown pottery. This
transition has not caught much interest among scholars and has usually
been explained with economic and functionalistic perspectives. Using
actor-network theory, as applied by Astrid Van Oyen, this paper discusses
the problem of how and why this ceramic transition happened. As a basis
for discussion the case study of a high-status house in Gyllenkrok, Lund,
is used. Here the pottery changed entirely following the construction of
the house. By isolating ancient knowledge systems, i.e. actor-networks,
different processes within this complex transition can be subjected... (More)
During the 12th and 13th centuries the pottery assemblages in
Scandinavia changed from hand-formed into wheel-thrown pottery. This
transition has not caught much interest among scholars and has usually
been explained with economic and functionalistic perspectives. Using
actor-network theory, as applied by Astrid Van Oyen, this paper discusses
the problem of how and why this ceramic transition happened. As a basis
for discussion the case study of a high-status house in Gyllenkrok, Lund,
is used. Here the pottery changed entirely following the construction of
the house. By isolating ancient knowledge systems, i.e. actor-networks,
different processes within this complex transition can be subjected to
discourse. This paper draws from cultural hegemony, emulation and
entanglement theory to open up the black-boxed knowledge systems, and
considering that the household in Gyllenkrok only acquired about two
new vessels each generation, I argue that the household inhabitants were
passive in this process. (Less)
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  abstract     = {During the 12th and 13th centuries the pottery assemblages in<br/>Scandinavia changed from hand-formed into wheel-thrown pottery. This<br/>transition has not caught much interest among scholars and has usually<br/>been explained with economic and functionalistic perspectives. Using<br/>actor-network theory, as applied by Astrid Van Oyen, this paper discusses<br/>the problem of how and why this ceramic transition happened. As a basis<br/>for discussion the case study of a high-status house in Gyllenkrok, Lund,<br/>is used. Here the pottery changed entirely following the construction of<br/>the house. By isolating ancient knowledge systems, i.e. actor-networks,<br/>different processes within this complex transition can be subjected to<br/>discourse. This paper draws from cultural hegemony, emulation and<br/>entanglement theory to open up the black-boxed knowledge systems, and<br/>considering that the household in Gyllenkrok only acquired about two<br/>new vessels each generation, I argue that the household inhabitants were<br/>passive in this process.},
  author       = {Johansson, Erik},
  issn         = {1401-2189},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {12},
  pages        = {27--39},
  publisher    = {Institute of Archaeology, University of Lund},
  series       = {Lund Archaeological Review},
  title        = {Ceramic Transition and Actor-Network Theory : The Gyllenkrok House, Lund},
  url          = {https://lup.lub.lu.se/search/ws/files/88121230/Johansson_E._2020._Ceramic_Transition_and_Actor_Network_Theory.pdf},
  volume       = {24-25},
  year         = {2020},
}