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Andean Potters and the Historical Archive

Andean Potters and the Historical Archive
19 Russell Street, Room 140
Time: Feb 13th, 12:00 pm End: Feb 13th, 2:00 pm
Interest Categories: Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (FAS), Archaeology, Anthropology (UTSC), Anthropology (UTM), Anthropology (FAS)
Talk by Andy Roddick, McMaster University

The Department of Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations presents

The Archaeology Centre Presents: Ceramic Interest Group
Andean Potters and the Historical Archive

Dr. Andy Roddick Department of Anthropology, McMaster University

Archaeology Centre, U of T (St. George Campus) Room 140, 19 Russell Street

In 1950, Harry Tschopik presented an important overview of a ceramic tradition in the northern Lake Titicaca Basin. Tschopik (1950:196) worked "to bring the data afforded by archaeology, traditional and recorded history, and ethnology to bear upon the development of the Aymara ceramic tradition viewed through time and against the broader background of culture change." Andeanists have since developed a rich scholarship on specialized potting villages, and archaeological work into this part of the Central Andes has exploded in recent years. Yet despite a long tradition of pottery production in the Titicaca Basin, no archaeologists have worked with modern potting communities in the Southern Lake Titicaca Basin. In this talk I report on recent work of the Proyecto Olleros Titicaca Sur (P.O.T.S.), a project I recently initiated drawing on historic, ethnographic and archaeological methods. I focus in particular on Chijipata Alta, a specialized community of olleros located 1-hour outside the capital city of La Paz. These potters of produce standardized cooking, toasting and storage vessels that are particularly "reputable" (sensu Sillar 1997) across the Bolivian and Peruvian altiplano. I explore three temporal narrative threads that this research is beginning to inform, and some of the key material signatures of this long-lived form of craft production.

Accessible entrance and washrooms available If you have an accommodation need please contact stanley.klassen@utoronto.ca or debra.foran@utoronto.ca directly and we will do our best to make appropriate arrangements.


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