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Motul de San JoséPolitics, History, and Economy in a Classic Maya Polity$
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Antonia E. Foias and Kitty F. Emergy

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813041902

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813041902.001.0001

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Motul de San José Palace Pottery Production: Reconstructions from Wasters and Debris

Motul de San José Palace Pottery Production: Reconstructions from Wasters and Debris

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(p.167) 6 Motul de San José Palace Pottery Production: Reconstructions from Wasters and Debris
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Motul de San José
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Christina T. Halperin

Antonia E. Foias

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813041902.003.0006

An understanding of the social contexts of Maya pottery production has been relatively elusive due to the dearth of archaeologically detected pottery producing workshops, areas, or centers. Midden prospecting and test excavations at Motul de San José provide rare evidence of ceramic manufacture from large middens located at the edge of the site's royal residential and administrative Acropolis. While ceramic kilns and in situ production materials were not located, the pottery production debris from the midden contexts point to the crafting of fine polychrome pottery and ceramic figurines by palace artisans. These data provide archaeological contexts for the epigraphic, iconographic, and chemical research on Ik' Style polychrome vessel production by Reents-Budet and colleagues, and broaden our understandings of the social and technical nature of pottery production during the Late Classic period.

Keywords:   Classic Maya, archaeology, pottery production, Maya polychrome pottery

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