Basic information regarding Archaeology, Stratigraphy and Material Culture.

The Italian peninsula, and Tuscany particularly, was one of the first regions of western world to adopt the technological innovations developed by the Islamic and oriental world in pottery production.
In the second decennium of the 13th century, Pisa began the production of glazed pottery, the Maiolica Arcaica, which shows a matt cover made by tin glaze with drawings realized in green and brown colors. Many others production centers arose in the region in the second half of 13th century, like Florence, Siena and others, each one characterized by particular shapes and patterns. The new production towns made a real revolution in manufacture of ceramics, to the point that from such innovative surge derived the growth and development of Renaissance Italian pottery.
From the 15th to 17th centuries Pisa and other neighboring towns specialized in engobedware and sgraffitoware, while Florence, especially at Montelupo Fiorentino, in the Renaissance maiolica. These Tuscan pottery productions soon become available beyond the Arno river valley and through the Leghorn harbor were traded in the entire Mediterranean and beyond, into the Atlantic marketplace.
The finds of Badia Pozzeveri (LU), stratigraphically dated to the 11th through 19th century, provide a unique opportunity to deepen the study of all classes of Italian pottery. The archaeological site is located along the Via Francigena, in the territory comprised between Lucca, Pisa, and Florence, and was an important crossroads for men and trade. Such a favorable geographic location is at the basis of the richness of different pottery finds at this site.
The Italian Ceramics Short Course involves the preservative restoration, filing, quantification, drawing, and the study of ceramic finds from Badia Pozzeveri under the guidance of a researcher specialized in the field.


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