We present a brief synthesis of current ceramic research in the Grasshopper region of east-central Arizona. Through a detailed analysis of ceramic technology and composition, coupled with observations of archaeological formation processes, we argue that the late Pueblo III-Pueblo IV period ceramic assemblages in the region document an instance of rapid change in manufacture and circulation patterns. Intensification and diversification of ceramic production are linked with the migration of ethnically diverse people into the Grasshopper region. These changes correlate with the demographic and social reorganization that took place in the Southwest at the end of the thirteenth century.
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