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New Worlds from Old TextsRevisiting Ancient Space and Place$
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Elton Barker, Stefan Bouzarovski, Christopher Pelling, and Leif Isaksen

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199664139

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199664139.001.0001

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Pots in Space

Pots in Space

An Exploratory and Geographical Network Analysis of Roman Pottery Distribution

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(p.255) 10 Pots in Space
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New Worlds from Old Texts
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Tom Brughmans

Jeroen Poblome

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199664139.003.0011

Roman tableware distribution is traditionally explored through establishing presences in specific places, often visualized as dots on a map. As such these attestations seem to represent distinct entities that do not relate, other than in their relative proximity. This chapter challenges an exclusively geographical perspective of tableware distribution by proposing a networks approach for exploring ceramic distributions. It states that it is equally informing to explore the dynamics between physical and relational space. This chapter aims at addressing the following issues: To what extent can the relationships between attestations of tableware sherds inform us on processes that led to the distribution of the original vessels as we know it, and how can topological and geographical networks complement each other in understanding such processes?

Keywords:   Roman archaeology, Roman tablewares, network science, spatial networks, ceramic distributions

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