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Ceramic Petrography and the Reconstruction of Hunter-Gatherer Craft Technology in Late Prehistoric Southern California

Quinn, PS; Burton, M; (2010) Ceramic Petrography and the Reconstruction of Hunter-Gatherer Craft Technology in Late Prehistoric Southern California. In: Quinn, PS, (ed.) Interpreting Silent Artefacts: Petrographic Approaches to Archaeological Ceramics. (pp. 267-295). Archaeopress: Oxford, England. Green open access

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Abstract

Plain, undecorated ceramic sherds are a common component of archaeological assemblages from villages, temporary camps and resource processing sites across southernmost California (Figure 1). Ceramic technology arrived in this area during the last 1000-1300 years (Laylander, 1992; Campbell, 1999, p. 119; Griset 1996) and perhaps as recently as 1450-1500 AD in western San Diego County, where its appearance is used as a chronological marker for the Late Prehistoric period. Based on archaeological and ethnohistoric evidence, indigenous societies of the San Diego area practiced a mobile hunter-gatherer lifestyle with seasonal movements across environmental zones to exploit a range of plant, animal and geological resources. The manufacture and use of ceramics by these groups thus provides another example, within a growing corpus of recently studied cases (e.g. Sassaman, 1993, 2000; Eerkens et al., 2002; Eerkens, 2003; Skibo and Schiffer, 2008; Thompson et al., 2008) of pottery technology among hunter-gatherers.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Ceramic Petrography and the Reconstruction of Hunter-Gatherer Craft Technology in Late Prehistoric Southern California
ISBN: 190573929X
ISBN-13: 9781905739295
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
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Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
Keywords: Science, Ceramic Petrography, Archaeological Ceramics, Material Culture
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10079901
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