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The Fallacy of Whiteware

Author(s): Patrick H. Garrow

Year: 2016

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The term "whiteware" is used in historical archaeology to denote refined ceramics with a whiter and denser body than pearlware that generally postdates ca. 1830. Some researchers restrict the use of the term to all later nineteenth century refined ceramics but ironstone and porcelain, while far too many in our field use the term to describe virtually all refined ceramics made after ca. 1830. This paper suggests that the use of the term "whiteware" has made dating sites or components after ca. 1830 very problematic, and presents an alternative method of analysis that allows for much better temporal control.

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The Fallacy of Whiteware. Patrick H. Garrow. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 435039)


Temporal Keywords
19th Century

Spatial Coverage

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

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PaperId(s): 650

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