Decoding Prehistoric Ceramics

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Decoding Prehistoric Ceramics

Author : Ben A. Nelson
ISBN : STANFORD:36105037833725
Genre : History
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Within a very short time there have been remarkable changes in the practice of ceramic analysis in the United States. Al­though technical changes such as the growing use of quantitative methods are widespread, of perhaps more importance is an array of propositions that deals with the cultural causes of ceramic vari­ation, and it provides the focus of this book. The first section of the book, with chapters by Graves, Kintigh, Washburn and Matson, Brunson, and Braun, is fo­cused on “ceramic sociology.” The pa­pers by Stark and Feinman in the second part treat the organization of ceramic production. The third part, with papers by Froese, Plog, Smith, and Nelson, is concerned with problems of measure­ment and classification in an effort to understand the systematic role of pottery In part four, entitled “Further Lessons from Ethnoarchaeology,” Loungacre, DeBoer, and Hardin continue the use of ethnoarchaeological observations established in earlier chapters to provide us with fresh prospects for understanding ceramics through ethnoarchaeology.
Category: History

Sourcing Prehistoric Ceramics At Chodistaas Pueblo Arizona

Author : Mar’a Nieves Zede–o
ISBN : 0816514550
Genre : Social Science
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For decades archaeologists have used pottery to reconstruct the lifeways of ancient populations. It has become increasingly evident, however, that to make inferences about prehistoric economic, social, and political activities through the patterning of ceramic variation, it is necessary to determine the location where the vessels were made. Through detailed analysis of manufacturing technology and design styles as well as the use of modern analytical techniques such as neutron activation analysis, Zede–o here demonstrates a broadly applicable methodology for identifying local and nonlocal ceramics.
Category: Social Science

Ceramics In Archaeology

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ISBN : UVA:X030246593
Genre : Archaeological dating
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Category: Archaeological dating

Approaches To Archaeological Ceramics

Author : Carla M. Sinopoli
ISBN : 9781475792744
Genre : Social Science
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More than any other category of evidence, ceramics ofters archaeologists their most abundant and potentially enlightening source of information on the past. Being made primarily of day, a relatively inexpensive material that is available in every region, ceramics became essential in virtually every society in the world during the past ten thousand years. The straightfor ward technology of preparing, forming, and firing day into hard, durable shapes has meant that societies at various levels of complexity have come to rely on it for a wide variety of tasks. Ceramic vessels quickly became essential for many household and productive tasks. Food preparation, cooking, and storage-the very basis of settled village life-could not exist as we know them without the use of ceramic vessels. Often these vessels broke into pieces, but the virtually indestructible quality of the ceramic material itself meant that these pieces would be preserved for centuries, waiting to be recovered by modem archaeologists. The ability to create ceramic material with diverse physical properties, to form vessels into so many different shapes, and to decorate them in limitless manners, led to their use in far more than utilitarian contexts. Some vessels were especially made to be used in trade, manufacturing activities, or rituals, while ceramic material was also used to make other items such as figurines, models, and architectural ornaments.
Category: Social Science

Southwestern Lore

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ISBN : NWU:35556023638760
Genre : Archaeology
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Category: Archaeology

Pottery Southwest

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ISBN : WISC:89073159733
Genre : Indian pottery
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Category: Indian pottery

Ceramic Ethnoarchaeology

Author : William A. Longacre
ISBN : UVA:X001979246
Genre : History
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Ethnoarchaeology, the study of material culture in a living society by archaeologists, facilitates the extraction of information from prehistoric materials as well. Studies of contemporary pottery-making were initiated in the southwestern United States toward the end of the nineteenth century, then abandoned as a result of changes in archaeological theory. Now a resurgence in ethnoarchaeology over the past twenty-five years offers a new set of directions for the discipline. This volume presents the results of such work with pottery, a class of materials that occurs abundantly in many archaeological sites. Drawing on projects undertaken around the world, in the Phillipines, East Africa, Mesoamerica, India, in both traditional and complex societies, the contributors focus on identifying social and behavioral sources of ceramic variation to show how analogical reasoning is fundamental to archaeological interpretation. As the number of pottery-making societies declines, opportunities for such research must be seized. By bringing together a variety of ceramic ethnoarchaeological analyses, this volume offers the profession a much-needed touchstone on method and theory for the study of pottery-making among living peoples.
Category: History

Ceramics And Civilization

Author : Prudence M. Rice
ISBN : 1574980262
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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Application of heat to clay transforms it into a ceramic, and thus the history and technical features of structures supplying that heat - kilns - are of considerable importance. The 14 chapters in this volume discuss ancient and historic kilns from the viewpoint of their excavation, their operational principles, and their contributions to an understanding of ceramic production within ancient economies.
Category: Technology & Engineering

Ceramics And Civilization

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ISBN : NWU:35556018639625
Genre : Ceramics
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Consists of proceedings of various symposia held at the annual meetings of the American Ceramic Society.
Category: Ceramics

The Kiva

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ISBN : UCAL:B4454914
Genre : Archaeology
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Category: Archaeology

Pots And Palaces

Author : Carla M. Sinopoli
ISBN : UOM:39015066415269
Genre : Art
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Category: Art