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Ceramic Production in Early Hispanic CaliforniaCraft, Economy, and Trade on the Frontier of New Spain$
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Russell K. Skowronek, M. James Blackman, and Ronald L. Bishop

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049816

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049816.001.0001

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Ceramic Firing Technology in Alta California

Ceramic Firing Technology in Alta California

(p.114) 7 Ceramic Firing Technology in Alta California
Ceramic Production in Early Hispanic California

Russell K. Skowronek

M. James Blackman

Ronald L. Bishop

University Press of Florida

Prior to European contact, ceramic technology was nonexistent among Native American groups in California north of the Los Angeles basin. Fired clay roof tiles, floor tiles, and water pipes were a necessity for the development of the infrastructure for California's system of missions, presidios, and pueblos. Likewise, the production of utilitarian pottery for storage, preparation, and food service was necessary to supply the growing mission communities. The introduction of fired clay technology to the Native people varied in complexity from site to site. Evidence suggests that pottery and tile kilns and open firing techniques were employed. The data presented here from San Antonio Mission, Santa Barbara Mission, La Purísima Mission, and the Santa Barbara Presidio will provide an overview of ceramic firing methods and the archaeological implications for such techniques at Spanish Colonial sites in Alta California.

Keywords:   ceramic, tile, pottery, kiln, San Antonio Mission, La Purísima Mission, Santa Barbara Mission, Santa Barbara Presidio, Spanish Colonial, Alta California

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