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.
|Commitee:||Rushbrook, Dereka, Weintraub, Neil|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||MAI 48/05M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Arizona, Buff ware, California, Ceramics, Colorado River, Lowland Patayan, Pottery, Typology|
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