Title

Pottery uniformity in a stratified society: An ethnoarchaeological perspective from the Gamo of southwest Ethiopia.

SelectedWorks Author Profiles:

John Arthur

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2014

Date Issued

January 2014

Date Available

October 2014

ISSN

0278-4165

Abstract

Previous research has shown that there are many factors, such as vessel type, size, and function, producer skill, and market systems, that can influence pottery standardization/uniformity. In this paper, I use ethnoarchaeology to explore how the social and economic organization of the Gamo living in southwestern Ethiopia affects uniformity of pottery form and decoration. I compare uniformity at the community level to test our assumptions regarding potter specialization associated with potters who are full-time craft specialists living in a complex and highly stratified, caste society. In conclusion, I argue that distribution (i.e., market and patron-client) impacts the uniformity of pottery morphology and decoration.

Comments

Abstract only. Full-text article is available through licensed access provided by the publisher. Published in Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 35, 106-116. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jaa.2014.04.003. Members of the USF System may access the full-text of the article through the authenticated link provided.

Language

en_US

Publisher

Academic Press

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.