An experiment in ceramic description: Upper nodena


This paper presents a quantitative method to isolate and describe "typical" bowls, jars, and bottles in collections of complete vessels from individual sites or portions thereof. Given an adequate description of typical or core vessel forms, nontypical forms can be effectively isolated and examined. Qualitative attributes can be attached subsequently to the quantitatively defined forms. The approach advocated permits effective quantitative intra- and intersite comparisons of vessel collections.

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Southeastern Archaeology

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