A Survey of the Stone Comples of Southern Arizona: As Shown Through Material Excavated by the Los Angeles Museum

Author(s): Owen Lindauer

Year: 1988


Stylistic analyses of sherds have formed the basis of some reconstructed patterns of prehistoric regional interaction without adequately addressing potential factors that affect stylistic variation. The archaeological problem of identifying factors that affect stylistic variation is addressed using the results of functional and stylistic analyses of Red-on-buff vessels. The attributes of vessel size and shape, thickness of painted lines, and design diversity are used to inform on the scale of vessel production, the function of vessels, the sources of stylistic variation, and intra-regional patterns of exchange. A set of painted vessels dating to the Sedentary period mainly from the Hohokam core and intermediate periphery form the database for this analysis. The dissertation is divided into three sections, description, analysis, and a summary. Descriptive chapters provide background information and relevant literature on Hohokam ceramics, mechanisms of exchange, the vessel database, the measurement of design style, and meaning of style. In chapters of this section issues related to biases in using vessels from museum collections, possible concurrent mechanisms of exchange for ceramic vessels, and the identification and competing interpretations of the meaning of design style are discussed. The analytical chapters address methodological and substantive issues of vessel standardization, specific and generalized vessel function, and the meaning of design style. Finally, in the last chapter, the results of the analyses and an outline of the ideas presented in the descriptive section will be summarized and directions for future research proposed.

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A Survey of the Stone Comples of Southern Arizona: As Shown Through Material Excavated by the Los Angeles Museum. Owen Lindauer. Doctoral Dissertation. arizona state university. 1988 ( tDAR id: 458527) ; doi:10.48512/XCV8458527

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min long: -116.147; min lat: 30.039 ; max long: -108.062; max lat: 36.711 ;

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