The aim of the project is to define the circulation of knowledge within the sphere of material production conceived holistically, against the persistent modern habit of separating art and crafts. While always acknowledging the primacy of the full archaeological record, the researcher foregrounds the problem of locating ancient written and pictorial expression within that wider record – to hear and see as well as touch materially the world of ancient producers; SHAPE is intended to establish a new model for overcoming another persistent disciplinary division, archaeology against philology. The combination of visual and written evidence building on the archaeological results obtained in my previous Marie Curie project EPOCHS is to be the anchor in assessing degrees of impact or influence of each craft on others in technology, technique, design. The transition phase Middle Bronze to Late Bronze Age (MBA-LBA) in Egypt (1900-1500 BC) is adopted as research-programme case-study on account of its exceptional significance for interregional archaeology, its full range of written and visual sources and paucity of substantive previous research program in the area.
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