Potter's fingerprints : some prehistoric southern African utilityware in an intimate light

15 Oct 2010

Extensive archaeological excavations in southern Africa during the past century have revealed a richly described heritage of widely distributed First-Millennium (C.E.) Agriculturist ceramics. In viewing both artefacts and assessments thereof it can be observed that ways of thinking shape ways of seeing, and explanations of what is seen. Thus, because conceptual frameworks are inseparable from what is observed and [the] explanations that result, consideration is given to some particular mindsets that have led to recent theories concerning local prehistoric material culture. In conclusion, a brief look at dialogues initiated by some contemporary potters who interrogate cherished lifeways and belief systems serve to elucidate current trends towards finding meaning in prehistoric southern African ceramics.