Ceramic Production, Supply, and Exchange in the San Francisco Presidio Jurisdiction

Author(s): Ronald Bishop; Russell Skowronek

Year: 2015


In the late eighteenth century Spain occupied the San Francisco Bay Area and rapidly transformed the region through the introduction of agriculture, animal husbandry, Roman Catholicism, the Spanish language and the use of pottery. This presentation focuses on the latter, and considers the questions surrounding local manufacture, importation, and exchange of ceramics among the missions, presidio and pueblos of the San Francisco Presidio Jurisdiction. Through the application of instrumental neutron activation analysis of ceramic materials, local production of unglazed and glazed earthenwares is shown in addition to glazed ceramics originating from nonlocal sources. These patterns provide insights into the manufacture, supply, and exchange of ceramics in the San Francisco Bay Area, and through them a window on the material expression of the colonial experience.

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Ceramic Production, Supply, and Exchange in the San Francisco Presidio Jurisdiction. Russell Skowronek, Ronald Bishop. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396853)


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