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Pots and Evolution: Response to Neff and Schiffer et al.

Loney, Helen L. ORCID: (2001) Pots and Evolution: Response to Neff and Schiffer et al. American Antiquity, 66 (4). pp. 738-741. ISSN 0002-7316

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This reply seeks to answer the comments by Neff, Schiffer and Longacre by stating the following: 1) evolutionary theory in archaeology is limited by the over-extension of biological attributes to non-biological artefacts, such as pottery. 2) evolutionary theory when applied to technological studies has an underlying technological determinist implication, and hence is inappropriate for use in the study of ancient technologies. 3) the subfields and disciplines of ceramic studies in archaeology are becoming increasing isolated from each other and from the main stream of interpretation, as evidenced by exclusionary bibliographies, language and study groups. 4) ceramic studies are best approached on a contextual, case-by-case basis.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: American culture, USA, manufacturing techniques, evolution, technology ceramics, pottery, archaeology
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Science and the Environment
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Depositing User: Helen L Loney
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2008 13:44
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2020 04:00

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