20 October 2021
PMA in Context is a new bi-annual online seminar series focussed on the interdisciplinary nature of post-medieval archaeological research. Seminars will discuss the wider contexts of work published in our journal Post-Medieval Archaeology. Since the SPMA was founded, interdisciplinarity has been a key part of what we do and with this regular event we hope to continue that tradition.
The paper being discussed in this first seminar is:
A discussion of trade in the North Atlantic during the 17th and 18th centuries is explored through the movement of commodities from mainland Europe to Iceland, specifically pottery vessels. The paper reconstructs the journeys of three cooking pots from different places in northern Germany and Denmark and along the way, attempts to situate these journeys within the social and cultural contexts through which they pass. In tracking these object itineraries, it is argued that the pots are caught up in fragmented spaces, where the varied material properties of the objects change in significance. In this way, our paper attempts to both revive and reinvent an economic dimension to historical archaeology, to conjoin terrestrial and maritime archaeology, and finally to stimulate more work on the early modern period for this region.
The seminar will start with an overview of the paper from the authors before discussion of the wider contexts of the research with Dr Caroline McCaffrey-Howarth (17th & 18th Century Curator of Ceramics and Glass, V&A Museum and History of Design Lecturer, V&A/RCA) and Dr Anna Agbe-Davies (Associate Professor of Anthropology, UNC Chapel Hill).
There will also be opportunities to join the discussion from the digital floor.
The full paper will be made available to participants in advance of the seminar.
Register via Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/post-medieval-archaeology-in-context-commodity-itineraries-in-c1718-tickets-170570058637