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ZBSA participates in new ERC-funded research programme INDUCE

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ZBSA participates in new ERC-funded research programme INDUCE

Carl Heron sampling a deposit on the interior of a "blubber lamp" from the excavations at Syltholm. Photo: John Meadows, with friendly permission of Lolland-Falster-Museum

ZBSA is pleased to participate in INDUCE, a new programme of research on The Innovation, Dispersal and Use of Ceramics in NW Eurasia, funded by an ERC Advanced Investigator Grant to Professor Carl Heron (Director of Scientific Research, The British Museum). The grant proposal was written in collaboration with Dr John Meadows (ZBSA), Dr Oliver Craig (University of York) and Dr Henny Piezonka (Eurasia-Department, German Archaeological Institute, now CAU Kiel) during Professor Heron’s Humboldt Research Award (2014-15), which was co-hosted by ZBSA and Christian-Albrechts University, Kiel.
Beginning in September 2016, the 5-year INDUCE programme will sample Neolithic pottery from up to 100 sites between the Urals and the western Baltic, using gas chromatography, isotope-ratio mass spectrometry and microfossil analysis to understand the function of pottery in hunter-gatherer-fisher societies, and document the impact of the introduction of farming. For further information about these methods, see http://www.earlypottery.org/. Contextual life histories of over 2000 pottery vessels will be developed, and longitudinal studies will uncover diachronic patterns of pottery function at several long-lived sites across the study region. John Meadows will manage the radiocarbon dating component of INDUCE; together with typological analyses and stratigraphic records, 600 new AMS dates will be used to create spatio-temporal models for the spread of different pottery traditions and related attributes (e.g. the use of pottery for specific ingredients). The project will help to link existing ZBSA research on hunter-gatherer-fisher communities in the eastern Baltic and central Russia, and strengthen collaboration with archaeologists throughout the region.