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Pottery Network

Are you stuck with your pottery research? Do you need a new way to kiln your time? Drop your sherds, seize the clay and join our group!

We are a newly established Archaeological Pottery Network offering a supportive space where to share ideas and present doubts concerning your research. It doesn’t matter at what stage of your academic career you are at: we are here to help you!

Our group is formed by PhD students from BerGSAS working on different kinds of ceramic objects in archaeology, who felt the need to create an informal forum where we can discuss methodological issues and current trends in pottery studies. The idea is not only to connect early-stage career researchers, B.A. and M.A. students of the Freie Univeristät Berlin and of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin to each other, but also specialists, academics and non- academics, working on pottery in archaeology at different institutions both within and outside Berlin.

Beside methodology and theory, we believe that a fundamental part for a successful study of archaeological pottery is the acquisition of the practical know-how related to pottery production. Therefore, we are also organising experimental archaeology workshops where you can get first-hand experience of clay preparation, vessel forming and firing techniques, so to fully understand this class of material both from a technological and from an anthropological point of view.


July 28th, 2022
Provenience analysis of pottery: the Indian Ocean Trade in Antiquity
Daniele Zampierin (BerGSAS, Freie Universität Berlin)

Aug 25th, 2022
Pots equal people? Connecting pottery and identity making
Ruben Wehrheim (BerGSAS, Freie Univeristät Berlin)

Sep 29th, 2022
Working with pottery in museum collections
Christine Kainert (Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Universität Münster)

Oct 27th, 2022
Archaeometric approaches to ceramic studies
Malgorzata Daszkiewcz and Gerwulf Schneider (Freie Univeristät Berlin)

Nov 24th, 2022
From sherd to data. Databases for pottery analysis
Sophie Schmidt (Freie Universität Berlin)

Dec 15th, 2022
Ethnoarchaeology and contemporary pottery making Wheel-made pottery workshop at Domäne Dahlem (by Regine Lüder) (max. 10 participants)


Mette Bangsborg Thuesen
Andrea Valsecchi Gillmeister

Time & Location:

Last Thursday of every month 5:30 – 7:00 PM

Hittorfstr. 18
14195 Berlin
and online via Zoom (hybrid format)