Rethinking Ceramic Degeneration: An Ancient Mesopotamian Case Study

Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/110277
Title:
Rethinking Ceramic Degeneration: An Ancient Mesopotamian Case Study
Author:
Falconer, Steven E.
Publisher:
University of Arizona, Department of Anthropology
Journal:
Atlatl
Issue Date:
1981
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/110277
Abstract:
A primary research concern of archaeologists is the explanation of social change. Since archaeologists must deal with change as it is manifested in the variability of material culture, it is not surprising that special attention has been given to studies of pottery, one of the most abundant forms of archaeological evidence, and one most sensitive to temporal change. Unfortunately, interpretations of changing pottery repertoires have usually failed to consider the socioeconomic factors which also may be responsible for ceramic variation. This has been notably true when trends of change are judged to be "degenerative." A study of ceramic change in the 'Ubaid and Uruk periods of Mesopotamia illustrates how "degeneration" can be correlated with the development of complex societies in the region.
Type:
Article
Language:
en_US
ISSN:
0275-3553

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorFalconer, Steven E.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-08-25T00:42:56Z-
dc.date.available2010-08-25T00:42:56Z-
dc.date.issued1981-
dc.identifier.issn0275-3553-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/110277-
dc.description.abstractA primary research concern of archaeologists is the explanation of social change. Since archaeologists must deal with change as it is manifested in the variability of material culture, it is not surprising that special attention has been given to studies of pottery, one of the most abundant forms of archaeological evidence, and one most sensitive to temporal change. Unfortunately, interpretations of changing pottery repertoires have usually failed to consider the socioeconomic factors which also may be responsible for ceramic variation. This has been notably true when trends of change are judged to be "degenerative." A study of ceramic change in the 'Ubaid and Uruk periods of Mesopotamia illustrates how "degeneration" can be correlated with the development of complex societies in the region.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Arizona, Department of Anthropologyen_US
dc.titleRethinking Ceramic Degeneration: An Ancient Mesopotamian Case Studyen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.journalAtlatlen_US
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