Finding the Past in the Paste: Variance in Woodland Ceramics at Woodpecker Cave (13JH202)
Author(s): Jeremy Skeens
Five field seasons of excavations by the University of Iowa field school have recovered hundreds of ceramic pottery sherds from the Woodpecker Cave site. Previous typological analysis of the ceramic assemblage has supported the hypothesis of a multicomponent site that was host to seasonal occupations spanning hundreds of years. Woodpecker Cave provides a unique opportunity to study variation in ceramic technology within Midwestern cooking vessels across the Middle Woodland and Late Woodland periods. Microscopic examination of ceramic thin sections and their included minerals will showcase the progression of resource use within the region during that time period, and changes in technological choices made during production that aid in vessel function. Combined with spatial analysis, this interpretation can aid in establishing the chronology of Woodpecker Cave.
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Finding the Past in the Paste: Variance in Woodland Ceramics at Woodpecker Cave (13JH202). Jeremy Skeens. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 428914)
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min long: -104.634; min lat: 36.739 ; max long: -80.64; max lat: 49.153 ;
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