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    DescriptionThere are many ways to study pots or the sherds of pots. In this book James Skibo has focused on the surface wear and tear found on the resin-coated, low-fired cooking pots of the Kalinga people in north- western Luzon. This detailed analysis is part of a much larger evalua- tion of Kalinga pottery production and use by the staff members and students at the University of Arizona that has been underway since 1972. Here he has analyzed the variants among the possible residual clues on pots that have endured the stresses of having been used for cooking meat and vegetables or rice; standing on supports in the hearth fire; wall scrapings while distributing the food; being transported to the water source for thorough washing and scrubbing; followed by storage until needed again-a repetitive pattern of use. This well-controlled study made use of new pots provided for cooking purposes to one Kalinga household, as well as those pots carefully observed in other households-- 189 pots in all. Such an ethnoarchaeological approach is not unlike follOwing the course of the firing of a kiln-load of pots in other cultures, and then purchasing the entire product of this firing for analysis. Other important aspects of this Kalinga study are the chemical analysis of extracts from the ware to deduce the nature of the food cooked in them, and the experimental study of soot deposited on cooking vessels when they are in use.


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    Title
    Pottery Function
    Subtitle
    A Use-alteration Perspective
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) James M. Skibo
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 222
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 237 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 445 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780306441592
    ISBN 10: 0306441594
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.5
    BIC E4L: HIS
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    LC subject heading:
    B&T General Subject: 750
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    BIC subject category V2: HD
    Ingram Theme: CULT/SEASIN
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15530
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FMP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS048000
    DC22: 959.9
    B&T Approval Code: A17180000
    Libri: ARCH1000, P0039527
    LC classification: DS666.K3 S55 1992
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    LC classification: CC1-960
    DC23: 300
    LC subject heading: , , , ,
    LC classification: H1-970.9
    Thema V1.0: NK
    Edition
    92000
    Edition statement
    1992 ed.
    Illustrations note
    biography
    Publisher
    Springer Science+Business Media
    Imprint name
    Plenum Publishing Co.,N.Y.
    Publication date
    30 September 1992
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Table of contents
    Introduction. Ethnoarchaeology and Experimental Archaeology Defined. Pottery Use-Alteration. The Pottery Use-Alteration Study. Absorbed Residues. Use-Alteration: Surface Attrition. Use-Alteration: Carbon Deposition. Concluding Comments. Index.