Material culture makes us people - it creates a shared sense of knowing and being in the world.  My research focuses on how technologies of making (pottery, lithic and art especially) create our personal and shared identities and how changes in making things over time change our whole society.

Publications, Links, and Resources

Publication Highlights:

Kohring, S. 2016. A case for the one-offs: improvisation and innovation with a Copper Age potting community. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 26(3): 513-526. DOI:

Kohring, S. 2014. Materiality, technology, and constructing social knowledge through bodily representations: a view from prehistoric Guernsey, Channel Islands. European Journal of Archaeology17(2): 248-263. (Open Access).  DOI:

Kohring, S. 2013. Stepping stones: art and community on prehistoric Guernsey, Channel Islands. Journal of World Art 3(2): 297-318.   DOI:

Kohring, S. 2011. Complexity as a multi-scalar concept: pottery technologies, ‘Communities of Practice’ and the Bell Beaker Phenomena. Norwegian Archaeological Review44 (2): 145-163.  DOE:

Kohring, S. and Wynne-Jones, S. (eds.) 2007. Socialising Complexity. Oxbow: Oxford.