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Pottery Ethnoarchaeology in the Michoacán Sierra - by Michael J. Shott (Paperback)

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The author inventoried the household pottery of about 25 homes in five towns in Michoacán, Mexico, recording the age and types of use of the pottery, to describe analytical methods for determining pottery use life, and the importance of doing so. He also examined a subsample on a monthly basis over two years to estimate the magnitude of early vessel failure, showing that context does not explain use life, but vessels size does, as bigger pots last longer. He shows how his results can be applied to other archaeological data sets for determining numbers of original whole vessels, as well as site occupation span. He emphasizes causes and rates of discard, rather than the spatial distribution of sherd assemblages. He discusses the definition of use life and its importance; the effects of use-life variations among vessel types on the size and composition of ceramic assemblages independent of inferential goals, and the factors archaeologists use to determine use-life; the study area of Michoacán, its ceramic traditions, and conditions at the time of fieldwork; the study’s research design; size classes, mean use-life by vessel type, and the analysis of use-life distributions using engineering failure analysis, as well as the effects of commonly cited contextual determinants of vessel use-life; use life and vessel size; the data in the context of a cross-cultural perspective through comparison with other ethnoarchaeological sources; and vessel quantification. Annotation ©2018 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Number of Pages: Xii, 196 pages :
Genre: Social Science
Sub-Genre: Anthropology
Series Title: Foundations of Archaeological Inquiry
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Univ of Utah Pr
Book theme: General
Author: Michael J. Shott
Language: English
Street Date: July 13, 2018
TCIN: 53648497
UPC: 9781607816225
Item Number (DPCI): 248-02-3784
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