Ecology and Ceramic Production in an Andean Community

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Following the theoretical perspective of his earlier book, Ceramic theory and cultural process (1985), Dean Arnold's ethnoarchaeological study explores the relationships of ceramic production to society and its environment in the Peruvian Andes. The book traces these contemporary linkages through the production, decoration and use of pottery and relates them to the analysis and interpretation of ancient ceramic production. Utilizing an ecological approach within a single community, Arnold expands the scope of ...
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Overview

Following the theoretical perspective of his earlier book, Ceramic theory and cultural process (1985), Dean Arnold's ethnoarchaeological study explores the relationships of ceramic production to society and its environment in the Peruvian Andes. The book traces these contemporary linkages through the production, decoration and use of pottery and relates them to the analysis and interpretation of ancient ceramic production. Utilizing an ecological approach within a single community, Arnold expands the scope of previous ceramic theory by focusing on the population as the unit of analysis in production and decoration.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780521432894
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1993
  • Series: New Studies in Archaeology Series
  • Pages: 310
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
Acknowledgements
Preface
1 Introduction 1
Conceptual approach of the book 2
An ecological approach to ceramic production 4
The unit of analysis 9
The plan of the book 12
Quinua and Andean pottery making 14
2 The community: its physical environment and adaptation 16
Environment 16
The spatial organization of the community 26
3 The environment and culture history 34
The Middle Horizon 34
The Chancas 40
The Inca Conquest 41
The Spanish Conquest 45
The Battle of Ayacucho 46
Conclusion 46
4 Ecological interrelationships of the community of potters 48
The community of potters in Quinua 48
Relationships of the population to the environment 51
The ecological niche of Quinua potters 69
Conclusion 70
5 Ceramic production in Quinua 72
Selecting raw materials 73
Fabricating pottery 80
Decorating 95
Firing 100
Making pottery at the artisan center 108
Implications for archaeology 112
Conclusion 115
6 Ceramic products and society 116
Channels of matter, energy and information flow 116
Distributing Quinua pottery 130
Conclusion 138
7 Design correlates of the community 140
The sample 140
The design analysis 143
Community patterns of design 165
A summary of design variability 175
Other pottery-making communities 177
Summary of the community patterns 183
8 Design and society 188
Models of style and Quinua ceramic design 188
Design models and variability 192
Summary 195
9 Archaeological implications: the Ayacucho Valley 197
Applying the present to the past 199
Processual analogies in ceramic production 200
Applying the processual analogies 204
Ceramic production in the Middle Horizon 209
Climate and ceramic specialization in the Peruvian Andes 217
Ceramic specialization on the coast of Peru 224
Ceramic specialization in the ancient Andes 226
Conclusion 231
10 Conclusion 233
The community of potters 233
Ceramic ecology: climate and paste 236
Ceramic design 237
Standardization 238
The present and the past 239
Notes 241
References 250
Index 265
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