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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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Slips, Styles, and Trading Patterns

Slips, Styles, and Trading Patterns

A Postclassic Perspective from Central Petén, Guatemala

(p.185) 11 Slips, Styles, and Trading Patterns
Ancient Maya Pottery

Leslie G. Cecil

University Press of Florida

Leslie Cecil’s chapter demonstrates the advantages of combining information gleaned from technological and stylistic analysis. In this case, the focus is predominantly on slips, although research on pastes is included, and Cecil is able to incorporate another valuable type of information: ethnohistorical accounts of the Petén Lakes groups, especially the Kowoj and Itza. By marshalling these disparate sources, Cecil is able to make suggestions about links between style, technology, and sociopolitical identity and even trading patterns that would remain speculative using archaeological data alone. One of the exciting aspects of Cecil’s research is her ability to link patterns in the pottery data with these ethnohistorically and historically known groups. Thus, her work contributes to a substantial literature in ceramic studies on the contested links between style (technological and otherwise) and identity, particularly the problematic concept of “ethnic” identity.

Keywords:   Petén Lakes, group, slip, paste, style, technology, identity, trading pattern, ethnic identity

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