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  • Western Ceramic Traditions: Prehistoric and Historic Native American Ceramics of the Western U.S.
  • Edited by Suzanne Griset
  • 2022
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  • Published by: University of Utah Press
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University of Utah Anthropological Papers No. 135

This volume is dedicated to studies of plainwares—the undecorated ceramics that make up the majority of prehistoric ceramic assemblages worldwide. Early analyses of ceramics focused on changes in decorative design elements to establish chronologies and cultural associations. With the development of archaeometric techniques that allow direct dating of potsherds and identification of their elemental composition and residues, plainwares now provide a new source of information about the timing, manufacture, distribution, and use of ceramics.

This book investigates plainwares from the far west, stretching into the Great Basin and the northwestern and southwestern edges of Arizona. Contributors use and explain recent analytical methods, including neutron activation, electron microprobe analysis, and thin-section optical mineralogy. They examine native ceramic traditions and how they were influenced by the Spanish mission system, and they consider the pros and cons of past approaches to ware typology, presenting a vision of how plainware analysis can be improved by ignoring the traditional “typological” approach of early ceramicists working with decorated wares.

This work provides a much-needed update to plainware studies, with new hypotheses and data that will help set the stage for future research.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title Page, Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Figures
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Tables
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  1. Figure
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. 1. When a Pot Drop is Not: Archaeological and Cultural Contexts of Ceramic Scatters in the Colorado Desert, California
  2. Jerry Schaefer
  3. pp. 1-17
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  1. 2. At the Edge of the Desert and West of the Sea: Ceramics from Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
  2. Suzanne Griset
  3. pp. 18-33
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  1. 3. Patayan Transport of Hohokam Ceramics to the Colorado Desert, California
  2. Jerry Schaefer
  3. pp. 34-38
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  1. 4. Evidence of Long-Distance Exchange from the Robbers Mountain Region, West-Central Mojave Desert
  2. Helen F. Wells
  3. pp. 39-47
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  1. 5. Geochemical and Luminescence Insights into the Cultural Transmission of Clay and Temper Recipes in Southern Owens Valley, California
  2. Jelmer W. Eerkens, Jeffrey R. Ferguson, Carl P. Lipo
  3. pp. 48-56
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  1. 6. Using Luminescence Dating to Address the Chronology and Cultural Affiliation of Brownware Ceramics in the Virgin Branch Puebloan Region
  2. Karen G. Harry, Sachiko Sakai
  3. pp. 57-66
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  1. 7. A Functional Analysis of Upland and Lowland Virgin Branch Ceramics through Residue Analysis
  2. Brenna Wilkerson, Karen G. Harry, Spencer M. Steinberg
  3. pp. 67-79
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  1. 8. A Regional Analysis of Brownware in Colonial Period Chumash Sites
  2. Catherine Bailey
  3. pp. 80-93
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  1. 9. The Brownware Ceramic Traditions at Mission San Gabriel Archángel
  2. Suzanne Griset
  3. pp. 94-121
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  1. 10. Mineralogy of Locally Produced Ceramics from Mission Santa Clara de Asís
  2. Sarah Peelo, Christina Spellman, Chester Liwosz, Linda Hylkema, Stella D'Oro
  3. pp. 122-135
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  1. 11. Directions Forward for Ceramic Studies in the Far Southwest
  2. Don Laylander
  3. pp. 136-142
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  1. References
  2. pp. 143-160
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  1. Contributors
  2. p. 161
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781647690434
Related ISBN(s)
9781647690427
MARC Record
OCLC
1258041468
Launched on MUSE
2022-08-04
Language
English
Open Access
No

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