The Early Bronze Age of Europe (ca. 2200-1500 BC) saw the first sharp growth in the mobility of artisans in the continent and the manufacture of highly burnished drinking vessels and tableware in many societies of the period. The primary goal of our project is to commemorate this first period of greater European connectivity by drawing from it inspiration for new artisanship, while at the same time making Europeans more aware of their cultural heritage and reviving the endangered skill of pottery-making.The CRAFTER partnership sets out to achieve these goals through five specific lines of action: 1) It will bring together potters, archaeologists and specialists in cultural heritage to share experiences about past techniques of crafting pottery. 2) It will re-create sets of ceramic vessels characteristic of four of the most outstanding Bronze Age cultures of Europe: El Argar in the Iberian Peninsula (2200-1550 BC), Únětice in Central Europe (2200-1500 BC), Füzesabony in the Carpathian basin (2000-1450 BC), and Vatin in the central Balkans (2000-1300 BC). 3) It will produce a documentary film in each country to capture this manufacturing process, thereby adding visibility to past heritage and modern artisanship. 4) It will hold thematic exhibitions simultaneously in Spain, Germany, Hungary and Serbia, with the goal of sharing with the public the ceramic vessels and films produced by CRAFTER, as well as other educational tools on Bronze Age pottery. 5) It will seek to make the pottery re-creations available for sale at museums and online shops, with the aim of establishing them as sellable products in a new business model. As part of our audience development strategy, all deliverables produced in the framework of the project will be extensively disseminated. With this last set of actions we hope to ensure the enduring impact of CRAFTER.
Crafting Europe in the Bronze Age and Today
OrganisationUniversitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ES), EXARC (NL), Landesamt für Denkmalpflege und Archäologie Sachsen-Anhalt – Landesmuseum für Vorgeschichte (DE), Zavičajni muzej „Paraćin“ (RS), Déri múzeum (HU), Ayuntamiento de Mula (ES), Bölcsészettudományi Kutatóközpont (HU)
Project date 07/2018 — 12/2019
Lead organisationAsociación de Amigos del Yacimiento Arqueológico de La Bastida (ES)
ProgrammeCreative Europe – Culture
Total project grant104 760 €