Manufacturing, learning, sharing: pottery production
The pottery has a wide diversity of pastes and fillers, almost certainly due to the different manufacturing processes. From a technological point of view, we see constant characters that appear to correspond to strongly-rooted traditions in the materials and techniques that would have been handed down.
Together with this technological legacy, we find innovations that prove the people were in contact with other groups. We see memory, identity and innovation reflected in these products. Moreover, they were of extraordinarily high quality with impressive decorations in which of particular note is the use of red ochre to fill the multiple imprinted, incised, combed and engraved elements. Most of the vessels were used as domestic table- and cookware or as containers for storing and transporting goods.
This was a complex technology that also acted as a manifestation of group identity through the rich decoration placed at the service of maintenance activities and its singular importance in the learning and transmission of technological knowledge and identity.
Picture: Everyday technologies. Ceramic production by hand. Illustrated by Miguel Salvatierra