Appel à contribution – Exploring Craft Spaces: A New Insight into the Archaeology of Pottery Production

The issue aims to explore new approaches to pottery manufacturing spaces, from prehistory to the contemporary period, using cutting-edge scientific techniques. The expected papers will focus on the informational value of these spaces and related structures to address technological and socio-economic issues.

From the 8th millennium BC onwards, pottery manufacture developed in Southwest Asia and became a significant trait of Neolithic societies. Widely adopted, ceramic material represents a revolution on several scales and quickly constituted an important part of production activities.

Since the pioneering work of General Pitt Rivers in the 19th century, major studies have focused on ceramic products to approach processes of consumption and production and the underlying social mechanisms. However, many workshops and production systems have not been archaeologically investigated. The organizational patterns of these spaces are widely unknown and therefore difficult to link with technological practices and ethnological models of production.

How is the production spatially structured? What technologies are used? How are the production systems constructed and how do they evolve in time? These loci constitute the nodes of the relations between the producers and the society. Hence, workshop location, infrastructures layout and tools are the missing links to apprehend the integration of the craft industries in the ancient societies.

Thus, our Special Issue focuses on different aspects of craft areas, the scientific methods to study them regardless of any chrono-cultural context and their potential to reveal the organization of the potters’ work.

Main themes

The issue is conceived around 2 main themes:

  • Tools, structures, and materials employed in the processes of pottery manufacture.
  • The relations and integration of the production areas to their natural or built environments, the architecture of spaces, the dynamics of occupation and reoccupation.

To summarise, this Special Issue intends to corroborate the significance of pottery production in the economy of the ancient societies, to outline original approaches to fieldwork research and especially the use of new methods, and to revise interpretative trends such as the outdated opposition between “domestic” and “industrial” modes of production.

How to submit

Article proposals must be submitted on the platform

before 15 April 2023.

It will be possible to submit manuscripts from the 9th of December 2022 to the 15th of April 2023 on the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports website. Each proposition will be double peer reviewed by the journal reviewers. Please refer to the journal guidelines for further information on how to prepare your article. The special issue will be announce on the journal website from end of november.

This call for papers is related to a workshop that will be held in Paris (Inha) on the 9th of December 2022 and accessible online (programme forthcoming).


The guest editors of this special issue will pre-select the submissions which will then be reviewed anonymously by two reviewers from the journal’s network. The journal will dedicate a page to the special issue on its website from November 2022.

Guest Editors

  • Claire Padovani, Paris 1 University – UMR 7041 Arscan Vepmo (
  • Julie Flahaut, Paris Nanterre University – Inrap – UMR 7041 Arscan Gama (
  • Sonja Willems, Catholic University of Louvain – Museums for Art & History of Brussels – UMR7041 Arscan Gama (


  • Ellery Frahm, Yale University, United States of America
  • Chris Hunt, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom

Associate Editors

  • Ruth Blasco, Catalan Institute of Human Paleo-Ecology and Social Evolution, Spain
  • Kristine Bovy, University of Rhode Island, United States of America
  • Miguel Ángel Fano, University of La Rioja, Spain
  • Danielle A. Macdonald, The University of Tulsa, United States of America
  • Mike Morley, Flinders University College of Humanities Arts and Social Sciences, Australia
  • Frederik Rademakers, British Museum Department of Scientific Research, United Kingdom
  • Manuel Will, University of Tübingen, Germany

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