PhD Candidate

Dissertation Title: Tempered by time: Ceramics and the fabric of time in medieval South India


I am an archaeologist studying the temporalities of routine practices of making, using and discarding ceramic vessels at Maski, in South India. Working with ceramic assemblages excavated from medieval settlements that were occupied in the 12th-14th centuries, my dissertation tracks how potters produced time-scales of antiquity or novelty in their practices of production, how users contended with differential rates of breakage and replacement, and how the temporalities of a range of quotidian activities were entangled with these ubiquitous and fragile containers. In my consideration of relations between archaeological materials and time that exceed chronology-building, I am interested in questions of historicity and the periodization of the premodern Indian past.