Archaeological Science and Experimental Archaeology Can Inform Sustainable Innovative Craft

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Testolini, V., Thompson, L. and Lemorini, C. 2023. Archaeological Science and Experimental Archaeology Can Inform Sustainable Innovative Craft. Sustainability. 15 (20), pp. 1-13.
AuthorsTestolini, V., Thompson, L. and Lemorini, C.

This paper provides an example of how combining archaeological analysis of ancient materials with current technological needs can lead to new and innovative products designed to promote sustainability within the heritage craft sector. The project behind this paper, RecRAAFT, promoted activities where potters collaborated with archaeologists to create prototypes of sustainable ceramic objects. Potters applied ancient manufacturing techniques and work practices, following interpreted steps of past production methods. Artisans aimed to produce pieces that appeal to the public while reducing their reliance on the global supply chain, promoting a more sustainable consumer culture. Once these processes were understood, experimentation that incorporated public engagement activities allowed artisans to utilise their experimental craft practice to educate people about sustainable production and consumption. RecRAAFT worked to create synergistic relationships between artisans, researchers, and local communities to inspire sustainable design and to connect the public with their local heritage and each other. The aim is to inspire craft practitioners and the public to make responsible choices about their personal consumption, subsequently supporting a fairer economy and healthy craft working environment while also addressing issues related to the climate crisis and long-term purchasing sustainability.

Keywordscraft; ceramic technology; archaeological science; sustainable production; sustainable consumption; archaeometry; ceramic petrography; artisans; public engagement
Journal citation15 (20), pp. 1-13
PublisherMDPI Open Access Journals
ISSN 2071-1050
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Online10 Oct 2023
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Accepted09 Oct 2023
Deposited24 Jan 2024
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