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Anthropological Papers of the University of Arizona

Paper #61
Ceramic Commodities and Common Containers: Production and Distribution of White Mountain Red Ware in the Grasshopper Region, Arizona -- With a Foreword by Ron Bishop; contains 14 color images

Author(s): Daniela Triadan*
Publisher: Anthropological Papers of the University of Arizona 61, 1997, $14.95
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Photo below: Fourmile-Showlow Polychrome jar from Grasshopper Pueblo, Arizona.


Ceramic Commodities and Common Containers provides new insights into the organization of ceramic production and distribution in the northern Southwest and into the processes of social reorganization that characterized the late 13th and 14th century Western Pueblo world. As one of the few studies that integrate materials analysis into archaeological research, Triadan's monograph marks a crucial contribution to the reconstruction of these prehistoric societies.

The ceramic compositional data combined with settlement data and an analysis of archaeological contexts demonstrate that White Mountain Red Ware vessels were readily accessible and widely used household goods and that migration and subsequent local production in the destination areas were important factors in their wide distribution during the 14th century.

FROM RON BISHOP'S FOREWORD: Triadan's White Mountain Red Ware study sets a new and demanding standard for the successful integration of ceramic compositional data within an archaeological context. It now joins the significant work of Suzanne de Atley, Veletta Canouts, Patricia Crown, Barbara Mills, and Nieves Zedeño, among others, who are proving that ceramic characterization studies are far more than demonstrations of "instrumental virtuosity." If pursued in a tightly integrated manner, they are, in fact, essential for the reconstruction of complex aspects of human behavior.


*Dr. Daniela Triadan received her doctoral degree from the Freie Universität Berlin in American Archaeology and Anthropology, European Prehistory, and Ethnology and she served as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Conservation Analytical Laboratory of the Smithsonian Institution.

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