9th Experimental Archaeology Conference poster – Clerbaut

Roman ceramic building materials (CBMs) as “petrified” witnesses of technical knowhow: an experimental and archaeological approach.’ 

Tim Clerbaut

Ghent University

Roman ceramic building materials (CBMs) are an important new innovation within building traditions from Roman times onward. The production, distribution and use of these ceramic materials in the Roman North is currently the subject of an ongoing PhD-research at Ghent University (Belgium).

Within this research, EXPERIMENTAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESEARCH is a valuable source of information into the technical production of different forms of CBMs throughout the Roman period. Only by these EXPERIMENTS and detailed study of archaeological objects it is possible to reconstruct ancient SKILLS and TECHNOLOGICAL KNOWLEDGE needed to produce these items at a large and semi-industrial way. Key in this research is to recognize different production methods based on available TOOL and PRODUCTION MARKS.

In this paper, the first promising results and methodology will be presented, focusing on the retrieved EXPERIMENTAL DATA and their ARCHAEOLOGICAL IMPLICATIONS. As a case study, the production of box tiles (tubuli) will be presented in more detail.

Brandl & Federhofer 2010. Römische Ziegel, Ton + Technik, Publikationen von Limesmuseum Aalen, 2010.

Warry 2006. Tegulae, Manufacture, typology and use in Roman Britain, BAR British Series, 417, 2006, Oxford

Ulrich & Quenemoen 2014. A Companion to Roman Architecture, John Wiley & Sons, Blackwell Publishing, 2014



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