All for one? The production of black burnished pottery and state formation in the early Korean polity of Baekje*


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Authors
Blackmore, H 
Cho, D 
Lee, H-W 
Abstract

jats:pThis paper tests whether the distinctive black burnished pottery from the early Korean state of Baekje (jats:italicc</jats:italic>.250–660 jats:scce</jats:sc>) was, as is commonly assumed, under the control of a centralized authority. We employ an integrated approach, combining typological, petrographic and elemental composition data, to reconstruct the organization of production for this prestige ware. Clear heterogeneity in both clay sources and technical styles indicates a decentralized production pattern. The Baekje polity may thus have emerged as a distributed network rather than a centralized entity, with local communities choosing to engage with the political centre and not be subservient to it.</jats:p>

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Keywords
Korean archaeology, Baekje, black burnished pottery, organization of production, state formation, ceramic petrography, neutron activation analysis (NAA)
Journal Title
ARCHAEOMETRY
Conference Name
Journal ISSN
0003-813X
1475-4754
Volume Title
63
Publisher
Wiley
Sponsorship
Arts and Humanities Research Council (1808157)
Korea Foundation (1022000‐2055)