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Anthropology Colloquium: "Creativity in Clay: Bronze Age Ceramics in the Carpathian Basin" - Joanna Sofaer, University of Southhampton, United Kingdom

Friday, February 28, 2014 at 3:30pm to 5:30pm

McGraw Hall, 215

"Creativity in Clay: Bronze Age Ceramics in the Carpathian Basin"

In this paper I want to discuss creativity in the making and use of Bronze Age ceramics in the Carpathian Basin. Creativity is a quality that is highly valued, but not always well understood. Studies of creativity frequently focus on the modern era yet creativity has always been part of human history. It is impossible to understand the development of the new – the imagination, ideas and innovations that form human history – without invoking creativity. I want to address these issues by exploring creativity as a cultural and material phenomenon through a series of case studies.

The work presented in this talk arises from the HERA-funded project Creativity and Craft Production in Middle and Late Bronze Age Europe (


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