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Identifying Japanese Ceramic Forms and their Use in the American West

Author(s): Renae J. Campbell

Year: 2016

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Japanese ceramics from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries have been recovered from a variety of archaeological contexts throughout Western North America, but large collections or in-depth analyses of these materials are relatively rare.  As a result, standardized formal, temporal, and functional typologies are only just emerging and site comparisons are often difficult.  This paper presents the preliminary results of a synthesis of ceramic data from several large collections of Japanese ceramics from sites occupied between the late 1800s and early 1940s.  This synthesis attempts to identify common forms and wares as well as to better understand the regional availability, distribution, and use of these materials by Japanese-American and Japanese-migrant communities in the turn of the century west.  

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Identifying Japanese Ceramic Forms and their Use in the American West. Renae J. Campbell. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434977)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 607

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