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By Kenneth E. Sassaman

A Dan Josselyn Memorial Publication

Among southeastern Indians pottery used to be an innovation that better the industrial price of local meals and the potency of foodstuff practise. yet although pottery was once on hand within the Southeast as early as 4,500 years in the past, it took approximately millenia sooner than it used to be universal. Why may an innovation of such fiscal price take goodbye to be adopted?

The resolution lies within the social and political contexts of conventional cooking know-how. Sassaman's e-book questions the worth of utilizing technological characteristics on my own to mark temporal and spatial limitations of prehistoric cultures and indicates how social strategy shapes the prehistoric archaeological record.

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Stone boiling). Observations of these attributes on archaeological data are evidence that ceramic vessels were used in both indirect- and direct-heat methods of cook11 PROBLEM ORIENTATION AND OVERVIEW ing. Further observations on the use wear (soot) of vessels support this inference. I apply the sample chronology to these results and find that pots were used directly over fire on the coast throughout the Late Archaic period but that a technique of indirect-heat cooking persisted in the interior long after pottery was adopted and even after innovations appeared on the coast which improved the thermal efficiency of ceramic vessels.

On the basis of analyses of Georgia coastal sites, Rochelle Marrinan (1975:103) suggested that "influences from the South Carolina-Georgia area will ultimately be shown responsible for ceramic developments in Florida. These skills were spread coast-wise continuing along the Florida coast and up the St. Uncorrected radiocarbon dates and ranges (± one standard deviation) for Late Archaic sites in the South Atlantic Slope, Florida Atlantic, and Gulf regions of the American Southeast. Dates for aceramic/preceramic contexts denoted by open triangles.

Surface treatments include plain, punctated, incised, and stamped. A high level of design variability is evident among puncta ted and incised vessels. 19 EARLY CERAMIC VESSEl TECHNOLOGY Thorn's Creek Series From the mouth of the Savannah River Valley extending up the Atlantic Coast into southeast North Carolina are fourth-millennium sites containing sand-tempered Thorn's Creek pottery (Griffin 1945; Trinkley 1980a; Figure 3). Interior coastal plain distributions for Thorn's Creek sites are also documented (Anderson 1975; Phelps 1968).

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