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Periodic Report - ARCHSYMB (Building the concept of Europe. Majolica pottery as a common symbol of European countries in Modern times)

Project ID: 221399
Funded under: FP7-PEOPLE

Abstract

This is the periodic report of the ARCHSYMB project, which is funded under the European Commission (EC) Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The project is studying majolica pottery as a common symbol of European countries in modern times. It is analysing the different colonial majolica made in the Americas from the majolica produced in Europe, by assessing the chemical footprint in their glaze and paste composition.

So far, the project results have proved that there are differences in the use and quantity of PbO, SnO2, and SiO2 in the glazing technology. This has been shown to correlate to the different recipes and technological approaches between Guatemalan and Mexican, and Spanish majolica production. It has also helped pinpoint their usage to diverse time periods. Further results have shown that use of non-calcareous clays is partially due to an effort to imitate the new products that were introduced by European colonisers.

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Record Number: 17095 / Last updated on: 2013-07-05
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