Approaches to Archaeological Ceramics / Edition 1

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In this engrossing volume, Carla M. Sinopoli provides an overview of the scope and potential of ceramic analysis in archaeology and presents a broad range of theoretical and methodological approaches utilized in such study. Commencing with a description of ceramic production in a contemporary village in southern Indiana, Sinopoli proceeds to address the issues of classification, analysis, and interpretation of ancient ceramics, using case studies drawn from all over the world.
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'Approaches to Archaeological Ceramics will serve well as the basic text in an introductory course on archaeological ceramics...the book is well-written and highly readable.'
American Antiquity

'This thorough, up-to-date text that leads the student from the making of pots on to chronology building, the interpretation of function and style, and the practical mechanics of quantitative analysis. The book is at once an accessible introduction for all students and a comprehensive guide to the more technical literature.'
Stephen A. Kowalewski, University of Georgia

An introduction to the analysis of ceramic finds, for graduate or undergraduate students of archaeology. Details ceramic production in a contemporary village in southern India as a basis for classifying and interpreting ancient pottery, and discusses the various theoretical and methodological approaches. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306435751
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 6/30/1991
  • Edition description: 1991
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 0.54 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Approaches to Archaeological Ceramics.- 2 Defining Ceramics.- 3 Studying Archaeological Ceramics.- 4 Using Ceramics to Answer Questions: I. Ethnographic Data, Ceramic Ethnoarchaeology, and Ceramic Chronologies.- 5 Using Ceramics to Answer Questions: II. Ceramic Use and Ceramic Production and Distribution.- 6 Using Ceramics to Answer Questions: III. Ceramics and Social Organization.- 7 Using Ceramics to Answer Questions: IV. Ceramics and Political Organization.- 8 Directions in Ceramic Research.- References.

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