Mediterranean Archaeology Collaborative Specialization (MACS) Program Lecture Series presents…
Dr. Caroline Cheung
Department of Classics, Princeton University
"Recognizing Object Value and Craftspeople through Dolium Repairs"
Dolia were large ceramic storage containers for agricultural commodities that were also considered architectural features. They were important pieces of equipment for farmhouses, villas, and warehouses, but were expensive and were often repaired in antiquity. This paper discusses findings based on over 400 dolia and dolium fragments from several sites in west-central Italy: Cosa, Pompeii, Ostia, and Rome. Dolium mending techniques were not static or fixed; instead, they reveal developments in skills, knowledge transfer, and industries, as well as different workforces.
Mediterranean Archaeology Collaborative Specialization Program