Material Culture or Culture of the Material? Review and vision on Material Studies in the Sagalassos Project

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Daems D., Bes P.

Tijdschrift Mediterrane Archeologie , vol.60, pp.124-129, 2019 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 60
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Journal Name: Tijdschrift Mediterrane Archeologie
  • Page Numbers: pp.124-129
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: No


Throughout the history of the Sagalassos Archaeological Research Project, material studies have held a prominent position in archaeological studies regarding the development of the ancient city of Sagalassos and its surrounding hinterland. Pottery in particular, being the most frequently encountered material category has pre-eminently been the subject of much research. Ever since 2005, much of this work has been centred on and guided by the pottery template as a key methodological tool. Pottery templates are linked to stratigraphical units or loci, each consisting of an encompassing registration, description, and quantification of production-related, typological, provenance, functional, and chronological aspects of the associated ceramic assemblages. The platform continues to be incorporated in recent research avenues, fostering integration with a variety of existing and new metadata formats and epistemological developments within the Sagalassos Project.