This thesis examines a collection of pottery from the Iron-Age site of Chepkarai-3, which is located in Western Kenya near Mt. Elgon. The pottery is compared to other archaeological and modern pottery traditions in Kenya to determine how the Chepkarai-3 collection fits into the current understanding of Kenyan pottery traditions. Because of the remarkable similarities between modern pottery and pottery from Chepkarai-3, a thorough description of Bukusu pottery manufacturing is included to provide a deeper understanding of the way in which the collection from Chepkarai-3 was most likely constructed. An examination of the site is also used to discover if the inhabitants of Chepkarai-3 were part of one of the cultural mosaics that seem to have been common throughout East African history.
|Commitee:||Creamer, Winifred, Mehrer, Mark|
|School:||Northern Illinois University|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||MAI 49/01M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||African Studies, Archaeology|
|Keywords:||Archaeology, Iron age, Kenya, Mt. Elgon, Pottery|
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