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Motul de San José Palace Pottery Production: Reconstructions from Wasters and Debris

Christina T. Halperin and Antonia E. Foias

in Motul de San José

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780813041902
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780813043425 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813041902.003.0006
Motul de San José Palace Pottery Production: Reconstructions from Wasters and Debris

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An understanding of the social contexts of Maya pottery production has been relatively elusive due to the dearth of archaeologically detected pottery producing workshops, areas, or centers. Midden prospecting and test excavations at Motul de San José provide rare evidence of ceramic manufacture from large middens located at the edge of the site's royal residential and administrative Acropolis. While ceramic kilns and in situ production materials were not located, the pottery production debris from the midden contexts point to the crafting of fine polychrome pottery and ceramic figurines by palace artisans. These data provide archaeological contexts for the epigraphic, iconographic, and chemical research on Ik' Style polychrome vessel production by Reents-Budet and colleagues, and broaden our understandings of the social and technical nature of pottery production during the Late Classic period.

Keywords: Classic Maya; archaeology; pottery production; Maya polychrome pottery

Chapter.  8708 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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