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Children Playing and Learning: Crafting Ceramics in Ancient Indor Khera

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Item Summary Menon, Jaya Varma, Supriya 2013-05-23T18:13:02Z 2013-05-23T18:13:02Z 2010
dc.identifier.issn 0066-8435 (Print)
dc.identifier.issn 1535-8283 (E-ISSN)
dc.description.abstract It is only in the recent decade that distinct archaeological studies on children have emerged. One of the ways in which children have been made archaeologically visible has been in the context of craft and learning frameworks where they have been perceived as active agents in the production of material culture. Archaeologically, the work of novice crafters can be discerned through attributes of small size, asymmetrical forms, and other deficiencies in manufacturing techniques suggesting inadequate conceptual frames as well as less developed physical skills. The deposits recovered during the excavations in the northwestern part of the ancient site of Indor Khera have been dated between 200 b.c. and a.d. 300. The excavations have revealed in an early phase a potter’s house within and around which several miniature vessels with similar characteristics were found, perhaps the work of children. Further, numerous tiny terracotta and clay lumps indicate that to begin children might have been given small bits of clay to play with. It appears that the ceramic craft may have involved a gradual learning process that included play, observation, and experimentation.
dc.format.extent 25 pages
dc.language.iso en-US
dc.publisher University of Hawai'i Press (Honolulu)
dc.relation.ispartofseries Volume 49
dc.relation.ispartofseries Number 1
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States
dc.subject children
dc.subject ceramic production
dc.subject learning
dc.subject playing
dc.subject miniature vessels
dc.subject Indor Khera
dc.subject Upper Ganga Plains
dc.subject India
dc.subject.lcsh Prehistoric peoples--Asia--Periodicals.
dc.subject.lcsh Prehistoric peoples--Oceania--Periodicals.
dc.subject.lcsh Asia--Antiquities--Periodicals.
dc.subject.lcsh Oceania--Antiquities--Periodicals.
dc.subject.lcsh East Asia--Antiquities--Periodicals.
dc.title Children Playing and Learning: Crafting Ceramics in Ancient Indor Khera
dc.type Other
dc.type.dcmi Text
Appears in Collections: Asian Perspectives, 2010 - Volume 49, Number 1 (Spring)

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