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Type: Paper
Paper Title: THE PRODUCTION OF VOLCANIC ASH TEMPERED POTTERY BY THE LATE CLASSIC MAYA: A QUESTION OF SOURCE
Author: ANABEL FORD (University of California-Santa Barbara)   
Date/Time: Thu., 2:45 PM
Co-Author(s): ANABEL FORD (University of California-Santa Barbara) 
Abstract: The Late Classic period was the height of the Maya touted for their expansive civic architecture, high settlement densities, and convoluted political machinations recorded on stone stelae at the centers. They also had a most impressive ceramic assemblage that include a standard variety utility and fine wares making up serving, storage, and cooking vessels. Interestingly, while all early periods of the Maya pottery temper was made of local limestone material, the Late Classic pottery was made of two distinct types of temper: limestone and volcanic ash. The question is why did the Late Classic Pottery producers require volcanic ash at this time only? This paper explores the consequences of the possible answers considering imports and local availability.

Program Number: 2-0840
Session Title: CERAMIC ECOLOGY XXIV: CURRENT RESEARCH ON CERAMICS 2010
Session Sponsor: Archaeology Division
Session Date/Time: Thu., 1:45 PM-5:30 PM
Organizer(s): CHARLES KOLB (National Endowment for the Humanities) 
Chair(s): CHARLES KOLB (National Endowment for the Humanities)  
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