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Author Shott, Michael J. (Michael Joseph), author.

Title Pottery ethnoarchaeology in the Michoacán Sierra / Michael J. Shott
Published Salt Lake City : The University of Utah Press, [2018]
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 196 pages)
Series Foundations of archaeological inquiry
Foundations of archaeological inquiry.
Contents The burden of ceramics -- Ceramic assemblages and archaeological inference -- The Michoacán study area -- Data collection -- Data analysis : contextual factors -- Use life and vessel size -- Michoacán data in cross-cultural perspective -- Pottery quantification and the Michoacán discard assemblage
Summary "Although most ceramic studies describe vessel production and use, the causes and rates of pottery discard are often neglected in archaeological studies. Michael Shott presents analytical methods for determining pottery use life and demonstrates why use life should not be overlooked. Over a five-year period Shott inventoried the household pottery of about twenty-five homes in five towns in Michoacán, Mexico, recording age and types of use. He also looked at a subsample on a monthly basis over two years to estimate the magnitude of early vessel failure that would go unnoticed in an annual census. His analysis of about 900 vessels clearly shows that context does not explain use life, but vessel size does. Bigger pots last longer. Consulting other ethnoarchaeological sources for comparison and cross-cultural perspectives, Shott shows that his results can be applied to other archaeological data sets for determining numbers of original whole vessels as well as site occupation span."--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on December 06, 2018)
Subject Ethnoarchaeology -- Mexico -- Michoacán de Ocampo
Excavations (Archaeology) -- Mexico -- Michoacán de Ocampo
Indian pottery -- Mexico -- Michoacán de Ocampo -- Antiquities
Excavations (Archaeology)
HISTORY / Latin America / Mexico.
Michoacán de Ocampo (Mexico) -- Antiquities
Mexico -- Michoacán de Ocampo.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2017061748
ISBN 1607816237