Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An evaluation of the Lowland Patayan Ceramics Typology
by McCormick, Helen Jill, M.A., Prescott College, 2010, 202; 1475264
Abstract (Summary)

The ceramics of southwestern Arizona and southeastern California pose a specific set of problems for the researchers of this region. The limited number of definable diagnostic elements within these undecorated types has led to divisions among researchers and various versions of typologies. With the creation of the Lowland Patayan Ceramics Typology by Michael Waters in 1982, a systematic classification of the ceramics was introduced. However, the applicability of Waters' typology has come under great scrutiny by those who work within this region. An analysis of the typology shows that a type classification based on empirical attributes might not be the best approach for these buff ware ceramics. The inclusion of more verifiable attributes, such as Munsell color, thickness measurements, and associated features, could be a great aid to researchers in typing the ceramics of the Lower Colorado River Region.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hangan, Margaret
Commitee: Rushbrook, Dereka, Weintraub, Neil
School: Prescott College
Department: Humanities
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: MAI 48/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Archaeology
Keywords: Arizona, Buff ware, California, Ceramics, Colorado River, Lowland Patayan, Pottery, Typology
Publication Number: 1475264
ISBN: 9781109730005
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