AAA Annual Meeting Program

AAA Annual Meeting Program Details

Session Information:
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Program Number: 2-0840
Type: Session
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) 
1:45 PM: DEAN ARNOLD (Wheaton College-Illinois) -- Full-Time Specialists Who Are Part-Time Potters  
2:00 PM: DESTINY CRIDER -- Epiclassic and Early Postclassic Interaction in Central Mexico as Evidenced Through Decorated Pottery  
2:15 PM: CHRISTOPHER POOL (University of Kentucky), ERIN SEARS (University of Kentucky), RONALD BISHOP (Smithsonian Institution), M. JAMES BLACKMAN -- Chemical Analysis of Pottery and Figurines From Tres Zapotes: Implications for Resource Exploitation and Exchange in the Formative and Classic Periods.  
2:30 PM: MARCIE VENTER (Missouri State University) -- Interaction and Ceramic Innovation in the Late Postclassic Tuxtla Mountains of Veracruz, Mexico  
2:45 PM: ANABEL FORD (University of California-Santa Barbara) -- The Production of Volcanic Ash Tempered Pottery by the Late Classic Maya: A Question of Source  
3:00 PM: SANDRA LOPEZ VARELA (Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Morelos) -- Clay Griddles and Basket Making: Gendered Technologies of the House at Cuentepec, Mexico  
3:15 PM: SARAH PEELO (University of California-Davis) -- The Raw Materials of California Plainwares: Investigating Communities of Practice Through Ceramic Vessels  
3:30 PM: BRENDA BOWSER (California State University-Fullerton), ANDREW DUFF (Washington State University) -- Technological Traditions and Ethnic Co-Residence: A Comparative Study of Ethnoarchaeological and Archaeological Corrugated Cooking Pots  
3:45 PM: MARK GOLITKO (Field Museum of Natural History), RAHUL OKA (University of Notre Dame), CHAPURUKHA KUSIMBA (The Field Museum), JOHN TERRELL (The Field Museum), PATRICK WILLIAMS (The Field Museum) -- From Elemental Chemistry to Global Exchange: Inferring Social Economies and Interactions in Belgium, New Guinea, and the Indian Ocean-South China Sea  
4:00 PM: JOHN ARTHUR (University of South Florida) -- Potters, Pots, and Identity: Community Variation in the Gamo Highlands of Southern Ethiopia  
4:15 PM: KOSTALENA MICHELAKI (McMaster University) -- Prehistoric Calabrian Potters in Their Landscape: Current Results From the Analysis of Geological Clays and Archaeological Ceramics From SW Calabria, Italy  
4:30 PM: JEROLYN MORRISON -- Minoan Potters and Cooks: An Experimental Approach to Understanding the Possibilities and the Probabilities of Ancient Pot Making and Use  
4:45 PM: LISA KEALHOFER (Santa Clara University), PETER GRAVE (University of New England) -- Looking for Polities: Iron Age Ceramics in Central Anatolia  
5:00 PM: ELIZABETH CHILTON (University of Massachusetts-Amherst), JULIE WOODS (University of Massachusetts), MATTHEW BOULANGER -- Native American Ceramics and Society in 17th-Century New England  
5:15 PM: DISCUSSANT: MICHAEL GALATY (Millsaps College)  
5:30 PM: End of Session
Abstract: The papers in this international and interdisciplinary symposium, the 24th in the annual series, reflect a number of approaches within the framework of Matson's concept of Ceramic Ecology, set forth in his volume, Ceramics and Man (1965). In this work Matson a ceramic engineer, archeometrician, ceramic ethnoarchaeologist, and ethnographer stated that "unless ceramic studies lead to a better understanding of the cultural context in which ceramic materials were made and used, they form a sterile record of limited worth." Ceramic Ecology as a methodological and theoretical approach has as its paramount goal a better understanding of the peoples who made and used pottery and seeks to redefine our comprehension about the significance of these materials in human societies. The concept of Ceramic Ecology is contextual, multi and interdisciplinary, and analytical. On the one hand, it seeks to evaluate data derived from the application of physiochemical methods and techniques borrowed from the physical sciences within an ecological and sociocultural frame of reference. It relates environmental parameters, raw materials, technological choices and abilities, and sociocultural variables to the manufacture, distribution, and use of pottery and other ceramic artifacts. On the other hand, interpretation of these data and explanations of the ceramic materials utilize methods and paradigms derived from the social sciences, humanities, and the arts. The concept of Ceramic Ecology forms an implicit or explicit basis of the investigations reported by archaeologists, ethnographers, and others in this symposium in which emphasis is placed upon the technological and socioeconomic aspects of ceramic materials regardless of chronology or geography. It also demonstrates the value of the cross fertilization which results when investigators ranging from art historians and professional potters to ethnoarchaeologists and archaeometricians come together in a forum devoted to a topical consideration: ceramics. These papers continue a symposium series initiated at the 1986 AAA meeting by students of ceramic materials who are members of the informal "Ceramic Studies Interest Group," an organization formed at the suggestion of Matson.


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