What's that smell? New directions for materials studies

Sarah Newstead, Tânia Manuel Casimiro

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‘Smellscapes’ have become an increasingly popular concept in recent years. Here, the authors argue for a new direction in sensorial archaeology by focusing on the ‘smell of things’ or the potential information held in the odours of archaeological objects. They offer a case study using early modern earthenware ceramics from Portugal—renowned for the distinctive smell and taste imparted to their contents—to explore the possibility of developing standardised analytical techniques and vocabularies that would allow archaeologists to describe the odours associated with artefacts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1314-1324
Number of pages11
Issue number377
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020


  • Portugal
  • Estremoz
  • ceramics
  • odour
  • smellscapes
  • sensory archaeology


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