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CAW Conference - "Movement in Ancient Economies: Archaeological Approaches to Distribution"

Friday, February 15, 2013
12:00 AM

An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference sponsored by the University of Michigan Collaborative Archaeology Workgroup

Studies of the economy are often divided into three segments: production, consumption, and distribution. Of these, distribution is of vital importance for understanding the social interactions, economic organization, and political strategies which condition how and why materials move. Distribution has at times been discussed monolithically, with political systems or cultural zones classified as redistributive or market societies. New models for detecting and interpreting distribution in the past have stressed economic diversity and the coexistence of different distribution systems for different materials. This conference will bring together graduate students and faculty to present some of these new perspectives on distribution and its role in understanding economic, political, and social dynamics in the past.

Friday, February 15, 2013

5:30pm – Public Lecture by Prof. Gil Stein, University of Chicago (Rackham Amphitheater) “"Political Landscapes of Distribution: Power Relations and the Circulation of Value in Ancient Complex Societies"

6:30pm – Reception for Prof. Gil Stein (Location TBA) 

Saturday, February 16, 2013
Conference (Vandenberg Room, Michigan League)
8:00am – Breakfast (coffee and bagels)

9:00am – Session 1 – Systems of Distribution (tentative title)

Brady Liss, Pennsylvania State University
“The Philistine Olive Oil Industry: A Debate over the Impetus for Specialization”

Henry Colburn, University of Michigan
“The Archer and the Owl: A Numismatic Perspective on the Political Economy of the Achaemenid Persian Empire”

Reed Goodman, Pennsylvania State University
Shepherding Change in the Uruk Countryside: Towards an Alternative Model for the Distribution of Goods in 4th Millennium Mesopotamia”

10:15am – Coffee Break

10:30am – Session 2 – Material and Movement: Stone (tentative title)

Alice P. Wright, University of Michigan
“From Mountains to Mounds: Assessing the Routes of Middle Woodland Mica Transport”

Eric Dyrdahl, Pennsylvania State University
“Geochemical Characterization, Sample Size, and Distribution: An Ecuadorian Case Study”

Carrie Fulton, Cornell University
“Lost in Transportation: Recontextualizing the Antikythera Shipwreck Statues”

12:00pm – 1:30pm Lunch (Vandenberg Room, Michigan League)

1:30pm – Session 3 – Material and Movement: Pottery (tentative title)

Debra A. Trusty, Florida State University
"Between a Rock and an Economically and Politically Significant Place: A Petrographic Study of Late Helladic Cooking Pots from the Corinthia"

Mark Hammond, University of Missouri
“The Sherd Next Door: The Regional Distriution of Ceramics as Observed in Late Roman Corinth”

Rory Dennison, University of Illinois Chicago
“Chemical Analysis of Chinese Porcelain Trade: A Preliminary Analysis of Sourcing Patterns on 10th to 16th Century Tradeware at Three Philippine Sites”

3:30pm –5:30pm Roundtable (Kelsey Museum) Participants TBD

Keynote Speaker Gil Stein, University of Chicago