Ethno-Archaeological Evidence of Stylistic Variation of Small-Scale Pottery Production Societies in Northern Jordan

Nabil Ali


This ethno archaeological study analyses pottery decorative techniques on a regional scale. The data base derives from small scale pottery production societies in northern Jordan, and the intent is to test the extent to which stylistic variations are eliminated by either ecological factors or socio-cultural ones. Besides intensity of social interaction at the village scale, this study shows the importance of economic practices and their spatial requirements as an explanation for stylistic similarities among villages, and the role of economic competition and idiosyncratic behavior as causes of stylistic variation in small scale pottery production societies.


Ethnoarchaeology; Pottery production; Stylistic variation; Styles pattern

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