‘Keramikós’, the history of ceramics for children and young people through a historical tale

‘Keramikós’, the history of ceramics for children and young people through a historical tale

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The new historical story by the team of "Little Archaeologists" addresses the history of ceramics in a didactic and entertaining way, from Prehistory to the present day, with special emphasis on the ceramics of Talavera de la Reina and their elaboration and decoration process.

Last Friday, July 17, the historical tale "Keramikós." Was presented at the Ruiz de Luna Museum in Talavera de la Reina. The mud warriors: Earth, Air, Water and Fire ”, the first educational publication on the history of ceramics and especially on the history of ceramics from Talavera de la Reina and its elaboration and decoration process after the declaration of the same as Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

Keramikós. The mud warriors: earth, water, air and fire ”, the fifth title in the Collection of Little Archaeologists Historical Tales, is a fun and educational journey through the history of ceramics, from Prehistory to the present day, through the exciting adventures that April and Mario, the protagonists of the historical tale, live in their space-time journey, in which they are chased by a dangerous enemy, to recover all the artisan techniques for making and decorating ceramics and taking them back to their time, in the year 2350, where humanity is controlled by machines and human beings have lost their ability to create for themselves.

By means of attractive illustrations and exciting adventures, "Keramikós" brings our "little archaeologists" into an entertaining and didactic way about their historical, archaeological and artisan heritage, discovering them the artisanal techniques of elaboration and decoration of prehistoric ceramics, of the pre-Roman peoples , from Roman, Andalusian medieval and Talavera de la Reina times, and through ceramics the daily life and material culture of each historical period; promoting attitudes of respect and positive appreciation towards their heritage, awakening their curiosity and interest in its history, archeology and crafts.

"Keramikós", aimed at children and young people between 8 and 14 years old, has been published, with a circulation of 2000 copies, by Editorial Cuarto Centenario and Pequeños Arqueologists, in collaboration and with the sponsorship of the Junta de Communities de Castilla-La Mancha through the General Directorate of Tourism, Commerce and Crafts, the Provincial Council of Toledo, the City Council of Talavera de la Reina and the Provincial Association of Crafts and Ceramics of Toledo

The authors of “Kerámikós”, as well as of the four previous titles in the collection (“Los cazadores del fuego” –Prehistory-, “Toletum. The warrior of the wind” –Roman period ”,“ Toleto. The last Visigoths ”- Visigothic period-, and “Tulaytula. The kingdoms of the heavens” –Middle Age, Andalusian period-), are Rubén Pérez López, a graduate in History and archaeologist, and Silvia del Mazo Fernández, a technician in Plastic Arts and Design in Pottery, with Official pottery craft card of the Castilla-La Mancha Community Board, specialists in didactics of Historical, Archaeological and Artisan Heritage and co-directors of the Talavera team of Little Archaeologists. Likewise, the illustrations are again the work of Jesús Sánchez Daimiel, a graduate in Art History and an illustrator specializing in educational historical illustration.

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