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Tracing Purpose: An emic view of pottery making in prehistory and beyond

Author(s): Sandy Budden-Hoskins

Year: 2017

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Archaeologists have, until recently, tended to study pots in what I view as an outside/in or etic manner. We have looked at size, form, decoration and touched on the manner of making only insofar as a pot being hand-built, wheel-thrown or cast. However, by developing a profoundly emic understanding of potting, as performance, we have a tool that can allow us to to view the entirely social and shifting cultural nature of a particular genre of pots. In 2007 I developed a skill methodology that has been used successfully on a number of European prehistoric assemblages. In 2015 the methodology was applied to the indigenous pottery of Taiwan, including that of the Paiwan. I will discuss the results of this research and what I believe it reveals about the shifting social nature of this pottery genre and what this may mean for an understanding of prehistoric pottery in Taiwan.

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Tracing Purpose: An emic view of pottery making in prehistory and beyond. Sandy Budden-Hoskins. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429917)


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