Pottery Studies in Archaeology: The Interpretive Agenda

Nabil Ali

Abstract


This study sheds light on some interpretive aspects that can be inferred from the archaeological study of pottery. Such studies are often restricted to the formal characteristics of the pottery, although pottery is an interplay of the raw material, culture and technology. These three aspects reflect the interpretive stages connected with studies of pottery across the various periods in the development of archaeology. Ethno-archaeological studies help in studying the varieties of human behavior and culture that can be inferred from the study of pottery, the most common type of artifact in the archaeological record.

Keywords


pottery; ethno-archaeology; technology; culture

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