Revisiting archaic communication systems.
The archaic communication systems of societies lacking conventional forms of writing remain understudied. Related research has focused on Greek objects, and has neglected the indigenous ceramic decorations and symbols on vases. The study of such objects can reveal their role in disseminating identity - and culture - related messages.
What were the communication systems of ancient societies without writing? Is it possible to use the decorations and symbols painted on the vases like a new Rosetta Stone? Is it possible to reconstruct the language of archaic communities that have disappeared? Objects convey ideas, memories and messages, and the ceramic decorations are certainly one of these vectors, of conservation but also dissemination of identity and cultural messages. Although it has all the potential to represent a privileged means of knowledge, most of its meanings still elude us.
The objective of project SandMan is to understand the ways of communication between the archaic communities of southern Italy, free of conventional forms of writing, between the end of Iron Age and the Archaic Period (mid-7th/ mid-5th cent. BC).
Type of Project: Horizon 2020, Actions Marie S. Curie (Individual Fellowship)
Coordinator: Rennes 2 University
Laureat name: Cesare Vita
Research Centre: CReAAH
Total funding: €184,707
Rennes 2 allocation: €184,707
Duration: Starting on September 1, 2021 - 2023 (24 months)
H2020, Individual Fellowship, archaeology; anthropology; Gender; North-Lucanian area; Matt-Painted ware; Peuketiantes; post-colonial; interdisciplinarity; cultural identity; symbols meaning; material culture; holistic study