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In Defense of Plainware Ceramics: Form, Function, and Foodways in Sapoa Period Pacific Nicaragua

Author(s): Geoffrey McCafferty ; Shaelyn Rice

Year: 2016

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Plain, utilitiarian pottery has typically been considered the 'red headed stepchild' of ceramic studies. This is especially the case in Pacific Nicaragua, where beautifully decorated polychromes have attracted the most attention. However, more theoretically engaged studies consider utilitarian pottery as a key to understanding foodways, and therefore offer important insights into alternative dimensions of social practice. This paper will consider plainware cooking and storage vessels from several sites along the shore of Lake Cocibolca in Pacific Nicaragua. Variations in form and orifice provide a starting point for discriminating between kitchen assemblages that vary across time and space, and can therefore distinguish food production across the cultural mosaic of a multi-ethnic landscape.


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In Defense of Plainware Ceramics: Form, Function, and Foodways in Sapoa Period Pacific Nicaragua. Geoffrey McCafferty, Shaelyn Rice. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 403948)


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Central America


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min long: -94.702; min lat: 6.665 ; max long: -76.685; max lat: 18.813 ;

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