Abstract: The Pot Industry at Pompeii: A Review of the Evidence

Lecturer: Myles McCallum

The archaeological site of Pompeii on the Bay of Naples affords archaeologists a rare opportunity to study the urban fabric of an ancient urban center.  Mixed in with the houses, bath complexes, gardens, and temples that are the usual subjects of scholarly contemplation are a series of workshops and commercial properties that are only now attracting the eye of Classical archaeologists and historians.  Among these industrial and commercial properties are the two best preserved pottery production facilities from the Roman world.  Using these facilities as a starting point, and proceeding to an examination of the epigraphic record at Pompeii as well as frescoes that represent pottery manfuacture and sale, this lecture considers the essentials of pottery production and distribution at Pompeii, including issues related to resource management, traffic patterns, and the organization of labor.

 

Short bibliography and/or website on lecture topic (for lay reader):

Peña, J.T. and Myles McCallum (2009a). “The Production and Distribution of Pottery at Pompeii: A Review of the Evidence.  Part 1: Production.”  American Journal of Archaeology, 112.1, 57-79

Peña, J.T. and Myles McCallum (2009b) “The Production and Distribution of Pottery at Pompeii: A Review of the Evidence.  Part 2: Distribution.” American Journal of Archaeology, 112.3, 165-201

McCallum, Myles and J.T. Peña (forthcoming, 2010) “A Reassessment of the Two Pottery Workshops at Pompeii: 1.20.2-3 and the Via Superior,” Rei Cretariae Romanae Fautores Acta 41

McCallum, Myles (forthcoming, 2009) “The Evidence for the Pottery Industry at Pompeii,” Pompeii: Cultural Standards, Practical Needs, edited by Kevin Cole, Miko Flohr, and Eric Poehler, Oxbow Books: Oxford

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