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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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What Works and What Doesn’t

(p.11) 2 Type-Variety
Ancient Maya Pottery

Prudence M. Rice

University Press of Florida

Prudence Rice provides a concise historical and theoretical introduction to type-variety and discusses important aspects of classification in general. She highlights the difference between a positivist view of classification, in which types are defined in any number of ways depending on the questions one is asking, and what Hill and Evans (1972) have characterized as an empirical view in which types are seen to be inherently meaningful (for example, as expressions of individual and group values and norms, as in the work of Gifford and others). She links the empirical view to the “revisionist history” of Gifford’s (1976: 6) claim that type-variety is conceptually based on whole vessels and argues that type-variety was in fact intended to help manage large amounts of sherds, a task to which it is well suited.

Keywords:   introduction, type-variety, classification, positivism, empirical view, revisionist history, whole vessels, sherds, values, norms

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