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date: 28 March 2020

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Light in the context of experimental and experiential archaeology can offer valuable information on the ergonomics of work and sensoriality, especially in cases where visual interpretation of variations in intensity and colour of flame light are a determining factor in the use of technologies of fire, called pyrotechnologies. For studying the relationship of the operator with light during the technological process, one experimental approach is the reconstruction of the original context of work, where the natural and artificial illumination conditions could be restored. This chapter discusses the visual ergonomics and the sensorial experience of ceramic and glass technologists during the different stages of diurnal and nocturnal illumination in the reconstructed context of a Roman workshop.

Keywords: performance, evocation, sensoriality, experimentalist, experientiality, pyro-instruments, light, shadows, sounds, time

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