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Ancient Maya PotteryClassification, Analysis, and Interpretation$
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James John Aimers

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813042367

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813042367.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Ancient Maya Pottery

James John Aimers

University Press of Florida

The ancient Maya produced a broad range of pottery, which has attracted concerted scholarly attention for nearly a century. The authors of the chapters in this volume address a range of issues around the classification, interpretation, and analysis of ancient Maya pottery linked in one way or another to the type: variety-mode approach. Given the many years of research devoted to Maya pottery, one might expect that there would be agreement over the goals and methods of the type: variety-mode approach, but this is not the case. In fact, it seems that every Maya archaeologist has an opinion on type-variety, including (and perhaps especially) those who know little about it. The authors of the chapters here also do not agree on a number of issues, and no doubt readers will have plenty to say. In the introduction, I present a brief review of each of the chapters. In the final chapter, I address some of the issues that have been raised about type: variety-mode more generally.

Keywords:   type: variety-mode, interpretation, type-variety, Maya, ceramics, pottery, classification, analysis, interpretation

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