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The Cemetery at Qijiaping: New insights into the production and use of ceramics vessels

Author(s): Andrew Womack

Year: 2015

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Excavated in 1975, the cemetery at the Qijia Culture type-site of Qijiaping in southern Gansu province, China, provides a wealth of data on life and death in Qijia society. Up to this point however, the production and use of the most common type of burial good, ceramic vessels, has never been fully researched. This paper will explore production organization and methods likely used to produce several classes of vessels though statistical analysis of vessel standardization. Ideas of what constitutes standardization and what that means for our understanding of the Qijia Culture will also be addressed. Possible functions and contents of these vessels will then be discussed based on the initial results of use-wear analysis. This will allow for new insights into production and consumption of vessels and their contents at Qijiaping.

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The Cemetery at Qijiaping: New insights into the production and use of ceramics vessels. Andrew Womack. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395270)


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min long: 66.885; min lat: -8.928 ; max long: 147.568; max lat: 54.059 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America