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The Logic of Ceramic Technology in Marginal Environments: Implications for Mobile Life

Sturm, C and Clark, JK and Barton, L (2016) The Logic of Ceramic Technology in Marginal Environments: Implications for Mobile Life. American Antiquity, 81 (4). 645 - 663. ISSN 0002-7316

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Abstract

© 2016 Society for American Archaeology. Explanations for the use of pots as practical domestic tools permeate the literature of technological adoption and change. While many arguments focus on the economic merits of pots, few have attempted to trace the conditions that promote or deter the adoption of pottery. This is especially true for the use of pottery by mobile peoples. We adapt an established model of technological investment to draw attention to three key variables affecting pottery adoption: manufacturing time, utility, and use time. We use the logic of this model to examine how social and environmental contexts, specifically residential mobility in marginal environments, impacts use of and investment in ceramic technology. We further illustrate how the model can be used to reveal seasonal patterns of behavior from the spatial distribution of pottery discarded by mobile foragers and herders.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Sturm, Ccak95@pitt.eduCAK95
Clark, JK
Barton, Lloukas@pitt.eduLOUKAS0000-0003-1519-4226
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, or Units > Center for Comparative Archaeology
Date: 1 October 2016
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: American Antiquity
Volume: 81
Number: 4
Page Range: 645 - 663
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1017/s0002731600101015
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Anthropology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0002-7316
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2016 18:48
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2017 05:58
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/30038

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