Artifact Classification: A Conceptual and Methodological Approach

1st Edition

Dwight W Read

Routledge
Published April 30, 2009
Reference - 363 Pages
ISBN 9781598741032 - CAT# Y287987

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Summary

Archaeologists have been developing artifact typologies to understand cultural categories for as long as the discipline has existed. Dwight Read examines these attempts to systematize the cultural domains in premodern societies through a historical study of pottery typologies. He then offers a methodology for producing classifications that are both salient to the cultural groups that produced them and relevant for establishing cultural categories and timelines for the archaeologist attempting to understand the relationship between material culture and ideational culture of ancient societies. This volume is valuable to upper level students and professional archaeologists across the discipline.

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