Constitution of a Motif Reference System

Wednesday 11 January 2012, by CerAfIm // 1. Goals



The structure of motifs created by simple impression, pivoting impression or pivoting incision is directly related to a change in use of the tool, whereas "rolled" motifs change according to the type of roulette, and the raw material and manufacturing process.

This is why two different analytical paths will be used, according to the type of tool and the process.

For simple impression, pivoting impression or pivoting incision: the motif structure is broken down (based on an archaeological example) to reveal the technical process (movement/angle applied to the tool), and the tool’s active section.
Then, the archaeological motif is compared with that process, its form and the type of tool used.
Référentiel de motifs
For rolled impression: the tool structure is analyzed first (its components and the manufacturing process), then its rolled impression, and finally the archaeological motif (its constituents and their arrangement are defined) is analysed, which is key for comparing and identifying the roulettes.

Items included in the motif reference system are available in the “Classified Motifs” section. Their titles start with “Motifs”.
The reference system is supplemented by images of archaeological sherds featuring the analyzed motifs. They can be viewed in the "Gallery" section and their titles start with "Pictures".