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Type: Paper
Paper Title: FULL-TIME SPECIALISTS WHO ARE PART-TIME POTTERS
Author: DEAN ARNOLD (Wheaton College-Illinois)   
Date/Time: Thu., 1:45 PM
Co-Author(s): DEAN ARNOLD (Wheaton College-Illinois) 
Abstract: Using a base of more than forty years of the evolution of pottery production and distribution in Ticul, Yucatan, this paper elucidates those cultural ecological factors responsible for the changes from part-time ceramic specialization to full-time specialization. Originally, potters were subsistence agriculturalists tending their crop for part of the year and then making pottery for the remainder. Once part-time agriculture ceased, potters turned to intensifying their pottery production, but a variety of factors limited their ability to make pottery full-time such as household and family responsibilities for women, cyclical weather patterns, the availability of covered space, and more importantly the demand for pottery that varies in annual and multi-year cycles. Part-time and full-time specializations are not fixed categories for potters, but are very context dependent in ways that may have little to do with the homogeneity of the pottery itself.

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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