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Possible Functions of a Late Prehistoric Coarseware from the Estuary Zone of Eastern Soconusco

Author(s): Sachiko Sakai ; Timothy Garfin ; Hector Neff

Year: 2015

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Recent surveys in the mangrove zone of far-southern Pacific coastal Chiapas, Mexico, identified a coarse pottery, called "sewer-pipe ware," that was initially thought to have been used in sal cocida salt production during historic times. Distributional and excavation data along with functional considerations, however, point to a potentially more interesting hypothesis, namely that "sewer-pipe ware" vessels may be portable kilns or saggars used in the production of Plumbate pottery, a famous and widely traded ware of the Late Classic and Early Postclassic periods. The present paper presents evidence that supports the portable-kiln hypothesis, as well as evidence favoring alternative hypotheses.

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Possible Functions of a Late Prehistoric Coarseware from the Estuary Zone of Eastern Soconusco. Timothy Garfin, Sachiko Sakai, Hector Neff. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 398189)


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min long: -107.271; min lat: 12.383 ; max long: -86.353; max lat: 23.08 ;

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