By James John Aimers

ISBN-10: 0813042364

ISBN-13: 9780813042367

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

“At final, we now have the chance to profit the aptitude 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 fascinating trip via an analytical process that's foundational to construction deep and complicated histories but is deployed with a flexibility that a few settle for and others question.”—Patricia A. McAnany, college of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

“Aimers has pulled jointly a sequence of theoretical, methodological, and major papers through trendy Maya ceramicists that evaluation the improvement, present software, and barriers of the type-variety method.”—E. Wyllys Andrews, Tulane University

the traditional Maya produced a vast diversity of ceramics that has attracted concerted scholarly realization for over a century.  Pottery sherds—the such a lot ample artifacts recovered from sites—reveal a lot approximately creative expression, spiritual ritual, fiscal platforms, cooking traditions, and cultural alternate in Maya society.

at the present time, approximately each Maya archaeologist makes use of the type-variety classificatory framework for learning sherd collections. This remarkable quantity brings jointly some of the archaeologists signally fascinated with the research and interpretation of old Maya ceramics and represents new findings and state of the art pondering. the result's a publication that serves either as a necessary source for archaeologists fascinated about pottery class, research, and interpretation and as an illuminating exploration of historic Mayan culture.

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At Macanché Island, Paxcamán paste variants included yellowish ash and a coarse gray, which I believe represent early (transitional Terminal Classic–Early Postclassic) experimentation with new (clay) and old (volcanic ash) resources, possibly by potters new to the lakes area (Rice 1987b: 107–9). In contrast, Augustine group pottery “may in fact be the indigenous product of Barton Ramie potters” in the Belize Valley (Sharer and Chase 1976: 289, 293; see also Willey, Bullard, Gifford, and Glass 1965: 388).

An important contribution of groupings is to generate hypotheses about the formation of classes and then, subsequently, to test them with other data sets (Spaulding 1974: 515). In summary, classification is a general term that refers to several procedures for organizing objects into units having high within-group similarity. Grouping refers to procedures of physically sorting actual objects to create groups of similar things, a process that may be accomplished in two ways: 1. Categorization: creation of new groups of objects 2.

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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