VADASTRA 2000 Experimental Archaeology Project : Revitalization of the Romanian Ceramics Tradition

7 July - 19 August 2000
Vădastra, Vădastra Village, Olt County
Project Manager Univ. lecturer dr. Dragoș Gheorghiu

The ,, Vădastra 2000 Revitalization of the Romanian Ceramics Tradition" was financiary supported by the Archaeology Department of the Ministry of Culture (contract 19/05/07/2000).
The Vădastra site was chosen with the intention to produce ceramic items as much close to the climatic and geological climate in which this culture evolved.

The research activities propose to be held in Vădastra were :

- finding the most close clay source to those of the ceramic fragments analyzed ;
- the experimenting of the inorganic mixtures of clay ;
- the production chain for the ceramic items ;
- the analysis of the decorating methods for the ceramic items ;
- the ethnographic analysis of the actual potter's kiln and the comparison with the one from the archaeological documentation ;
- the analysis of the intentional breaking up of the ceramic items ;

- practical lessons for the Vișina and Vădastra villages children and for students with the purpose of revival the traditional ceramic art.
The principal method was to reconstruct the technological chains of making and burning the ceramic items, by this meaning the materials analysis and several tests of clay and finally making objects as close to the prehistoric ones as possible.
This experimental method is essential for the revival of the traditional ceramic art and also for the experimental archaeology.

The importance of the project
In Romania the traditional ceramic wasn't studied from the point of experimenting clays and ways of burning like does in European Countries for some years. She is still un unknown domain not only for the Romanian archaeologist but for the foreign ones. The research project initiated by the University of Arts Bucharest is trying to make known the values of prehistoric ceramic art from Romania to Europe , as well as the information about the color, the shape and technology employed. The Vădastra 2000 Project is the first international project in which UAB led the initiative and which involved several important European and American Universities .

The development of the project
The summer 2000 project achieved the goals specified in the plan approved by the Culture Ministry: the reconstruction of the technological chains for making the ceramic items ; the analysis of the methods of composing the design for some prehistoric items , especially the ones from Vădastra culture , the making of a cucutenian kiln by using the archaeological and the ethnographical data ; the analysis of the fire control in this kiln.

[ Construcția și fragmentarea obiectelor ceramice ] [ Lanțuri tehnologice în construcția și trasarea decorului ] [Construcția și controlul arderilor într-un cuptor cucutenian ] [ Experimente cu ceramică cu amestec de scoici ] [ Expoziția "Vădastra1999" ] [ Expoziția "Vădastra" 2000 de la Lisabona ][ Concluzii ]