Colonoware Symposium

Charleston Lab Supervisor Jeff Sherard
Charleston Lab Supervisor Jeff Sherard

Jeff Sherard recently presented the preliminary results of a collaborative research project at a live-streamed Colonoware Symposium in 2021. His paper, titled “Applying digital image analysis to the study of Colonoware at Late 17th- and Early 18th-Century Sites in the Lowcountry” explores new quantitative techniques for operationalizing the choices potters made while creating Colonoware vessels. These techniques are based on digital image analysis applied to high-resolution scans of sherd profiles. They conducted their study using seven Lowcountry pottery assemblages recovered from the late 14th to early 18th century contexts. The results demonstrate the effectiveness of this new methodology at identifying diagnostic choices made by colonoware potters and indicate significant differences in these choices between pre-colonial and colonial periods. They concluded by contextualizing these changes within the emerging colonial landscape and the systems of oppression acting on marginalized communities in the Southeast.

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