Ancient Maya Pottery: Classification, Analysis, and by James John Aimers

By James John Aimers

"Aimers has introduced jointly top Maya ceramicists who supply their candid perspectives on how they classify pottery. This quantity is of specific theoretical power for the dialogue on terminology in category, either for seriously comparing the type-variety method and for common type of pottery."--Heather McKillop, writer of Salt

"At final, now we have the chance to profit the capability strengths in addition to the pitfalls of a unmarried approach for the research of the prehistoric Maya."--Fred Valdez Jr., coeditor of Ancient Maya Commoners

"An interesting trip via an analytical process that's foundational to construction deep and intricate histories but is deployed with a flexibility that a few settle for and others question."--Patricia A. McAnany, collage of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

"Aimers has pulled jointly a sequence of theoretical, methodological, and noticeable papers by way of well-known Maya ceramicists that assessment the advance, present application, and boundaries of the type-variety method."--E. Wyllys Andrews, Tulane University

The historic Maya produced a huge variety of ceramics that has attracted concerted scholarly cognizance for over a century.  Pottery sherds--the such a lot considerable artifacts recovered from sites--reveal a lot approximately inventive expression, non secular ritual, financial platforms, cooking traditions, and cultural trade in Maya society.
Today, approximately each Maya archaeologist makes use of the type-variety classificatory framework for learning sherd collections. This striking quantity brings jointly a few of the archaeologists signally excited about the research and interpretation of historical Maya ceramics and represents new findings and cutting-edge pondering. the result's a publication that serves either as a beneficial source for archaeologists considering pottery class, research, and interpretation and as an illuminating exploration of old Mayan culture.

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Type-Variety: What Works and What Doesn’t Case Study: A Petén Postclassic Slipped Pottery “System” Postclassic slipped and decorated pottery at sites in the Petén Lakes region was manufactured of three distinctive paste wares: coarse red-orange carbonate (Vitzil Orange-red Ware; A. Chase 1983), silty gray-to-brown with snail inclusions (Snail-Inclusion Paste Ware; Cowgill 1963), and marly “white” or cream (Clemencia Cream Paste Ware; Rice 1979). These indicate minimally three production nodes of Petén Postclassic pottery, at least one for each paste.

Type-variety, by contrast, is a scheme of units ordered by quasi-theoretical concepts (or objectives) in which the various pottery attributes of interest are nonequivalent and ordered in different levels. Thus, the resulting classificatory units or levels are nested: varieties are organized into types, types into ceramic groups, and ceramic groups into wares. Most simply stated, the type-variety system is a hierarchically organized typology. The important point is that the theoretical basis of a typology is manifest in the selection of, and relations among, the attributes that underlie its ideational structure and operations.

Thus, although all ceramic production involves the same basic stages—consisting of raw material collection and paste preparation, forming, finishing, and firing—there can be a considerable degree of variability in the specific raw materials and techniques utilized by local potters during each of these stages. ” These technological styles will be different from region to region, as well as among different pottery-making communities within the same region, as a function of different patterns of learning in each community.

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