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- Data analysis
o Imposition of structure of data
o Examining the patterning of variables, values and classes
- Scales of variables and values
o Nominal
o Ordinal
o Interval
o Ratio
- Ceramic technology
o Artifacts made from fired clay
- Style
o Form (shapes and curves on the exterior)
o Decoration
- Decoration
o Varden site (princess point)
o Entire whole vessel that were put together from pieces found originally
o Princess point pottery: most of the decorations are similar
- Decorative variables
o Innumerable variables that can be applied
o Tool: refers to instrument that used to make the markings on the pot; most likely made
from wood and chord; so how did they about the tools? See marks on the pottery and
then experiment with various tools to compare and see what made the marks on the
o Technique: tell by the marks on the pottery to determine how the tools were applied
o Unit: has to do with smallest part of the decoration that has the decorative or stylistic
meaning; reflects the choice of the potter
o Motif: putting the units together to form a pattern or motif; putting all the above
variables together to make up the whole motif
- Decorative tool
o Looking carefully at the individual lines on the vessel and make a schematic diagram of
the decorative part
o There’s a difference between decoration and surface texture (which is part of style, but
not considered proper decoration)
o Using a reference chart to compare the markings of the pottery and find out which tool
o Complex tools means more than one part
o Cord-wrapped stick: take a wooden shaft and then wrap cord around it and then tighten
it up and then impressed on surfaces of the pot which produces linear but complex
- Decorative technique
o Poke, draw, edge impress
o A reference chart for tool techniques (motions of the tools)
- Decorative unit
o Artistic side of it...incisions
- Unit density
o Length and width of unit
o Distance between units
- Decorative motif
o Oblique to the right and same horizontal over and over again
- Plane pattern symmetry (not on the test)
o Fundamental part
o Rigid motions
Mirror reflection
Glide reflection
o 1 dimensional infinite pattern
o Oblique, horizontal, oblique horizontal, etc; rotational symmetry
- Ecofacts
o Faunal and floral
Biological identification (comparing comparative samples)
- Features
o Constructed features
o Cumulative features
Garbage dumps and middens
o Nodwell site (ca AD 1350)
Consists of post moulds, pits (measure width + depth to give you volume),
hearths (take spacing of hearths