download article as .pdfNouveaux projets collectifs en coroplathie antique

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Since the first important discoveries of terracotta figurines in the xixth century, the research on this category of archaeological objects knew a significant changing. At first and for a long time, the figurative terracottas were considered like trinkets, and therefore were studied especially from point of view of the art history. Now they are treated and published in a scientific way, with specific methods. Yet to date, there is no manual on the coroplastic studies for students and scholars. From there, was born the thought of an international collaboration to form a proposal to create some working tools now essential for coroplastic studies. In the following pages will be presented the outlines of this collective project including the drafting of a manual and of a database, put on-line, including all types of figurines known up to now.