Our research centres on the integration of scientific/empirical data and rigorous methodological and theoretical critique. Many of the initiatives that have come from Southampton ceramics research have made significant impact upon the wider field, with many of our innovations being widely adopted.
Ceramic studies at Southampton cover a timescale from the Neolithic to the contemporary and ethnographic, and focus on areas of the world as widespread as the Caribbean, Central and Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean, Egypt and the Sudan, India, Afghanistan, the Pacific and of course many areas of the UK. We focus in particular on pottery as indicator of diet and subsistence; innovation and the transmission of skill in ceramic technology; cultural change as reflected in ceramic production and consumption; industrial ceramics; and contact, supply, trade and economic networks.
Intrinsically linked to our ceramics research is the work of colleagues on stone artefacts, which crosses over with pottery studies at the borders of geology, petrology and other scientific techniques, and often makes use of the same facilities. Cross-fertilisation between these groups is regular and fruitful, both in theoretical and methodological terms.
Seminar series: Mad about Pots
Originally the brainchild of Sandy Budden, the highly successful ‘Mad about Pots’ seminar series has now become a regular fixture within Archaeology at Southampton, and provides an opportunity for informal lunchtime papers by scholars including internationally renowned academics, PhD students, and everyone in between. The series regularly attracts a sizable and enthusiastic audience, and places an emphasis on artefact handling; its organisers welcome innovative, adventurous and off-the-wall approaches to ceramic and related subjects, past and present. Anyone who would like to contribute to the series please contact Sandy (S.A.Budden@southampton.ac.uk).