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Early Pottery in the Southeast
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A Dan Josselyn Memorial Publication

Among southeastern Indians pottery was an innovation that enhanced the economic value of native foods and the efficiency of food preparation. But even though pottery was available in the Southeast as early as 4,500 years ago, it took nearly two millenia before it was widely used. Why would an innovation of such economic value take so long to be adopted?

The answer lies in the social and political contexts of traditional cooking technology. Sassaman's book questions the value of using technological traits alone to mark temporal and spatial boundaries of prehistoric cultures and shows how social process shapes the prehistoric archaeological record.



Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
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  1. List of Tables
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Figures
  2. pp. ix-xiii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. 1. Problem Orientation and Overview
  2. pp. 1-13
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  1. 2. Early Ceramic Vessel Technology in the American Southeast: Retrospect and Prospect
  2. pp. 14-41
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  1. 3. Archaeological Review of the Late Archaic Period in the Savannah River Valley Region
  2. pp. 42-82
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  1. 4. Sample Selection, Methods of Analysis, and Component Chronology
  2. pp. 83-110
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  1. 5. Innovations in Late Archaic Cooking Technology
  2. pp. 111-188
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  1. 6. Social and Economic Contexts of Early Ceramic Vessel Technology
  2. pp. 189-230
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  1. Afterword
  2. pp. 231-234
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  1. Appendix: Radiocarbon Dates for Late Archaic Sites in the Savannah River Valley Region
  2. pp. 235-244
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  1. References
  2. pp. 245-278
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 279-285
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