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

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John Arthur

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January 2014

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October 2014




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.


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.




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