By James John Aimers
“Aimers has introduced jointly best Maya ceramicists who supply their candid perspectives on how they classify pottery. This quantity is of specific theoretical power for the dialogue on terminology in category, either for significantly comparing the type-variety process and for normal class of pottery.”—Heather McKillop, writer of Salt
“At final, we have now the chance to profit the capability strengths in addition to the pitfalls of a unmarried procedure for the examine of the prehistoric Maya.”—Fred Valdez Jr., coeditor of Ancient Maya Commoners
“An exciting trip via an analytical process that's foundational to construction deep and complicated histories but is deployed with a flexibility that a few settle for and others question.”—Patricia A. McAnany, college of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
“Aimers has pulled jointly a chain of theoretical, methodological, and great papers through sought after Maya ceramicists that evaluation the advance, present application, and boundaries of the type-variety method.”—E. Wyllys Andrews, Tulane University
the traditional Maya produced a wide diversity of ceramics that has attracted concerted scholarly recognition for over a century. Pottery sherds—the so much considerable artifacts recovered from sites—reveal a lot approximately inventive expression, non secular ritual, monetary structures, cooking traditions, and cultural alternate in Maya society.
this present day, approximately each Maya archaeologist makes use of the type-variety classificatory framework for learning sherd collections. This extraordinary quantity brings jointly the various archaeologists signally thinking about the research and interpretation of old Maya ceramics and represents new findings and cutting-edge pondering. the result's a booklet that serves either as a useful source for archaeologists inquisitive about pottery class, research, and interpretation and as an illuminating exploration of old Mayan culture.
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Extra resources for Ancient Maya Pottery: Classification, Analysis, and Interpretation
Learning patterns are structured by specific learning environments and local traditions concerning “the way things are always done” (Stark 1999: 27) with regard to the specific technical choices made from available options at each stage in the operational sequence, or chaîne de opératoire, involved in making a pot (Lechtman 1977; Lemonnier 1986; Gosselain 1992; Dobres and Hoffman 1994). Style thus “reside[s] in the material results of patterns of choices made at all stages in the operational sequence of production” (Dietler and Herbich 1989: 156–57) and includes, but is not limited to, decoration (Chilton 1999: 50).
In summary, classification is a general term that refers to several procedures for organizing objects into units having high within-group similarity. Grouping refers to procedures of physically sorting actual objects to create groups of similar things, a process that may be accomplished in two ways: 1. Categorization: creation of new groups of objects 2. Identification: assigning objects to existing groups or categories Classification proper, or paradigmatic classification, refers to procedures based on, and formalized into, a typology: a conceptual structure of attributes relating to theoretical needs.
These patterns are thought to characterize certain types of relationships or interactions between the communities that once occupied those sites. Ceramic Horizons The most extensive patterns of ceramic affiliation are represented by ceramic horizons, which typically encompass a large geographic area and are relatively short-lived, compared to other patterns. Specifically, [c]eramic horizons are ceramic complexes linked by a set of horizon markers . . [which are] distinctive and chronologically significant modes shared by two or more ceramic complexes.