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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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Type-Variety on Trial

Type-Variety on Trial

Experiments in Classification and Meaning Using Ceramic Assemblages from Lamanai, Belize

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Ancient Maya Pottery

James John Aimers

Elizabeth Graham

University Press of Florida

John Aimers and Elizabeth Graham describe how ceramics have been approached at Lamanai, Belize. Several people are conducting multiple independent analyses of the ceramics using contextual associations of vessels, type: variety-mode classification, material science approaches, and iconographic analysis. We emphasize type-variety in the chapter, particularly the usefulness of ceramic system assignments as a preliminary stage of analysis or for sherds that lack important features diagnostic of specific types, as well as poorly preserved sherds. We also briefly indicate some of the results of combining various approaches to pottery at Lamanai.

Keywords:   Lamanai, Belize, approach, classification, type: variety-mode, material science, iconographic analysis, context, association, vessel, ceramic system, sherds

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