Video #2: Mara Horowitz talks about Bronze Age Cookpots

Photo of Dr. Mara Horowitz in an excavation trench.
Dr. Mara Horowitz

Dr. Mara Horowitz joins us in our second instalment of the Peopling the Past video series, in which she discusses the manufacture and use of cooking pots in the Eastern Mediterranean during the Bronze Age, including what developments in cookware can tell us about changes in past societies.

Dr. Horowitz is a Lecturer in History at Purchase College and an anthropological archaeologist teaching worldwide ancient history and archaeology. With a professional focus on the Mediterranean Bronze Age (Cyprus, Anatolia, Syria), she is also committed to public outreach, museum studies, and interdisciplinary studies with materials sciences, philology, art history, zooarchaeology, and geology. In addition to twenty years of fieldwork in the Mediterranean, she is now founder and director of the Albion Experimental Archaeology Studio in Danbury, CT.

Interested in learning more? Read these articles by D. Horowitz:

Horowitz, Mara T., and Canan Çakirlar. 2017. “Novel Uses of Wild Fauna in the MB/LB Transition at Tell Atchana/ Alalakh.”  In Overturning Certainties in Near Eastern Archaeology: A Festschrift in Honor of K. Aslıhan Yener, edted by Ç. Maner, M. T. Horowitz, and S. Gilbert. Leiden: Brill.

Morrison, Jerolyn, and Mara T. Horowitz. 2016. “Field-Based Experiments Replicating Ceramic Fabrics: Late Bronze Age Cookwares from Two Mediterranean Sites.” In Integrative Approaches in Ceramic Petrography, edited by M. Ownby, I. Druc, and M. Massuci. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press.

A Descriptive Transcript for this video can be found HERE

Further Reading

Orton, Clive et al. 1993. Pottery in Archaeology. Cambridge Manuals in Archaeology. Cambridge: Cambridge University.

Rice, Prudence M. 1987. Pottery Analysis: A Sourcebook. Chicago: University of Chicago

Skibo, James M., and Gary M. Feinman. 1999. Pottery and People, Salt Lake City, University of Utah Press

Online Resources

Jerolyn Morrison’s experimental pottery/cooking project

HARP’s Experimental Beer Production

Beazley Pottery Archive, University of Oxford

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