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Understanding household population through ceramic assemblage formation: Ceramic ethnoarchaeology among the Gamo of Southwestern Ethiopia.

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John Arthur

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January 2009

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February 2012


The goal of this paper is to identify the relationship between ceramic assemblages and household population. This ethnoarchaeological study among the Gamo of southwestern Ethiopia focuses on three villages and the relationship between household population and the ceramic life cycle and vessel use life. The life cycle analysis in combination with vessel function reveals that household population could be interpreted from vessel frequency and volume. The non-pottery-producing village of Etello displays more correlations between household population and ceramic assemblages than do the two pottery producing villages of Zuza and Guyla. Furthermore, vessel function plays a principal role in the association between use life and household population.


Abstract only. Full-text article is available only through licensed access provided by the publisher. Published in American Antiquity, 74(1), 31-48. Members of the USF System may access the full-text of the article through the authenticated link provided.




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