By James B. Stoltman
Stoltman’s topic is the cultural interplay one of the Hopewell interplay Sphere societies of the Ohio Valley zone and modern peoples of the Southeast. Inferring social and advertisement relationships among disparate groups by way of deciding upon even if gadgets present in one cost originated there or in different places is a foundational means of archaeology. The method, despite the fact that, rests at the expert yet unavoidably imperfect visible inspection of items by means of archaeologists. Petrography drastically amplifies archaeologists’ skill to figure out items’ provenance with higher precision and not more guesswork.
utilizing petrography to review an enormous volume of pottery samples sourced from Hopewell groups, Stoltman is ready for the 1st time to set up which goods are neighborhood, that are neighborhood yet unusual, and which originated in different places. one other interesting risk with petrography is to additional make sure the house resource of items that got here from afar. hence, combining conventional qualitative concepts with a wealth of latest quantitative info, Ceramic Petrography and Hopewell Interaction deals a map of social and exchange relationships between groups inside and past the Hopewell interplay Sphere with a lot higher precision and self belief than within the past.
Ceramic Petrography and Hopewell Interaction presents a transparent and concise rationalization of petrographic tools, Stoltman’s findings approximately Hopewell and southeastern ceramics in quite a few websites, and the interesting discovery that visits to Hopewell facilities by way of southeastern local americans weren't just for exchange reasons yet extra for such reasons as pilgrimages, imaginative and prescient- and power-questing, therapeutic, and the purchase of knowledge.
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The goal is to characterize the physical composition of thin sections in both quantitative as well as qualitative terms for use as independent evidence, along with stylistic and contextual considerations, to provide a robust data set for addressing issues of ceramic production and exchange. 12 / Chapter One The procedure of point counting is analogous to superimposing a rectangular grid over a thin section and recording the minerals that appear at every point of intersection on the grid. The actual procedure, however, is different and less prone to error.
Suspicion that some vessels with sand temper were intrusive from the Southeast was expressed in the initial formulation of the Southeastern-series type, Turner Simple-stamped (Prufer and McKenzie 1965:25). 2. Examples of Hopewellian-series sherds from the Liberty site (Harness). All were thin sectioned, with appropriate thin section numbers next to each sherd. Nos. 33-125 and 126 are classic Hopewell rims, nos. 33-127 and 130 are Chillicothe Rocker Stamped, no. 33-128 is brushed, and no.
33-129 is burnished. tempered type, now termed Turner Simple-stamped A (Prufer 1968:8–9), as well as including sand-tempered cordmarked and plain vessels in the South eastern series with “Untyped” as the prefix (Prufer 1968:14–15). In defining the three main series, Prufer and McKenzie (1965:18–19) em cioto series in contradistinction to the nonphasized the local nature of the S local properties that the other two series shared with Illinois on the one hand (the Hopewellian series) and the Southeast on the other (the Southeastern series).
Ceramic Petrography and Hopewell Interaction by James B. Stoltman