Opendata, web and dolomites


Shapes and Meaning. The matt-painted pottery of the North-Lucanian district: culture, identity, symbols and Gender. An interdisciplinary study of a local community in Southern Italy.

Total Cost €


EC-Contrib. €






 SandMan project word cloud

Explore the words cloud of the SandMan project. It provides you a very rough idea of what is the project "SandMan" about.

local    free    physical    rosetta    objects    passed    iron    innovative    workshops    indigenous    perspective    decorations    disappeared    identification    colonial    always    relegating    certain    dynamics    mid    memories    holistic    create    7th    reconstruct    culture    matt    bc    sandman    conservation    messages    database    bidirectional    typology    analyzes    communities    discovery    ideas    reference    period    archaeometric    language    communication    position    locals    proposes    exchange    shift    symbolic    archaic    italy    ceramic    secondary    painted    convey    elude    writing    precise    distinction    greek    southern    age    gender    societies    systematic    forms    understand    symbols    vases    lexicon    semiotic    cultural    vectors    of    identity    chemical    meanings    instead    material    ancient    5th    onto    communicate    stone    conduct    ways    typological    post    contexts    cent    ceramics    fabric    privileged    acculturation    conventional    shapes   

Project "SandMan" data sheet

The following table provides information about the project.


Organization address
postcode: 35043

contact info
title: n.a.
name: n.a.
surname: n.a.
function: n.a.
email: n.a.
telephone: n.a.
fax: n.a.

 Coordinator Country France [FR]
 Total cost 184˙707 €
 EC max contribution 184˙707 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2019
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2021
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2021-09-01   to  2023-08-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITE RENNES II FR (RENNES CEDEX) coordinator 184˙707.00


 Project objective

'What were the communication systems of ancient societies without writing? Is it possible to use the decorations and symbols painted on the vases like a new Rosetta Stone? Is it possible to reconstruct the language of archaic communities that have disappeared? Objects convey ideas, memories and messages, and the ceramic decorations are certainly one of these vectors, of conservation but also dissemination of identity and cultural messages. Although it has all the potential to represent a privileged means of knowledge, most of its meanings still elude us. The objective of project SandMan (Shapes and Meaning) is to understand the ways of communication between the archaic communities of southern Italy, free of conventional forms of writing, between the end of Iron Age and the Archaic Period (mid-7th/mid-5th cent. BC). To achieve this goal, the project will use three different approaches: semiotic, archaeometric, and typological. The research aims to conduct a holistic, thus innovative, study of the symbols of ceramics in order to understand the meanings of this symbolic 'lexicon', better understand how they were important for gender identification/distinction, how they were used as a way to communicate and how that knowledge was passed on to others. SandMan also proposes a systematic study of the matt-painted vases of southern Italy (to create a precise and reliable typology) and a chemical-physical analyzes, will investigate the fabric of vases with matt-painted decorations for to create a reference database of local workshops. In general, the studies have always focused on Greek (or Greek-colonial) objects present in the indigenous contexts, relegating the discovery of indigenous ceramics to a secondary position. This research, instead, using a post-colonial approach, will shift the perspective onto the indigenous material culture, for the understanding of certain bidirectional dynamics of exchange and acculturation between Locals and the 'Others'. '

Are you the coordinator (or a participant) of this project? Plaese send me more information about the "SANDMAN" project.

For instance: the website url (it has not provided by EU-opendata yet), the logo, a more detailed description of the project (in plain text as a rtf file or a word file), some pictures (as picture files, not embedded into any word file), twitter account, linkedin page, etc.

Send me an  email ( and I put them in your project's page as son as possible.

Thanks. And then put a link of this page into your project's website.

The information about "SANDMAN" are provided by the European Opendata Portal: CORDIS opendata.

More projects from the same programme (H2020-EU.1.3.2.)

TIPTOP (2019)

Tensoring Positive Maps on Operator Structures

Read More  

POMOC (2019)

Charles IV and the power of marvellous objects

Read More  

NaWaTL (2020)

Narrative, Writing, and the Teotihuacan Language: Exploring Language History Through Phylogenetics, Epigraphy and Iconography

Read More