Manufacturers and Markets
The IARPotHP Conference was introduced on the previous evening with a reception and Get Together at the Austrian Archaeological Instiute in Athens. The main site for the event, however, was the National Hellenic Research Foundation.
Over the course of four days, a total of 97 participants from 20 countries presented new information, in 67 lectures and 17 posters, based on Hellenistic ceramic as a source of information of economic and social history.
The geographic framework of the lectures spanned a region from Portugal over the western and eastern Mediterranean, the Black Sea, Azerbaijan and the Near East, as far as Iran. The programme followed four sub-topics:
1. Ceramic Manufacturers and their workshops from East to West
2. Aegean Networks
3. Local Economies in Light of Regional Connectivity and Identities
4. Defining a Market. Widespread Distribution of Goods as “Globalisation“ Markers?
These themes were illuminated from a variety of different geographical perspectives, whereby reference was made to production and consumption, dissemination and (long-distance) trade in Hellenistic ceramic products, as well as to the transfer of technology and cultural know-how. Papers on pottery workshops and their location and organisation offered further insight into the general theme. Through the presentation of 'global'- and micro-economic activities – such as for example necropoleis as possible sales markets for pottery products – as well as the networks of the producers, new perspectives of identities were offered. In addition, innovative methodological and economic-theoretical approaches were introduced. Constructive discussions illustrated that certain questions must remain open, yet also revealed the importance of a collective illumination of the themes addressed and of a combined methodological approach.
Two presentations of new publications by the publishing companies present at the conference (Phoibos/AT and Archeopress/GB) supplemented the programme. Furthermore, the general meeting of the IARPotHP took place during of the conference, in the course of which a new chair and a new board of the society were elected.