Ceramics and pottery

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Ceramics, including pottery, are one of the most ubiquitous artifact categories recovered from archaeological sites. Archaeologists use ceramics to answer questions about the dating of sites, changes in technology, economic organization, identity, status, ideology, and the movement and/or interaction of past societies. This chapter provides an overview of ceramic technology and the many uses of pottery for archaeological interpretation. © 2008

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Archaeology
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9780123739629
StatePublished - 2008


  • Ceramics
  • Chronology
  • Consumption
  • Distribution
  • Identity
  • Migration
  • Political economy
  • Pottery
  • Production
  • Status
  • Technological change
  • Vessel function

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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