14 The Role of Ethnoarchaeology and Experimental Archaeology in the Study of Ceramics

As we have already seen, the classification of ceramics and, as will be seen shortly, the interpretation of the materials, techniques, chaînes opératoires and technological features of the pottery, are often carried out through ways of understanding the material culture that are typical of the western world. We must consider that the research itself involves a close connection between archaeologists and the patterns they observe in the artefacts. Thus, the possibility that the several relationships established by archaeologists among the material culture may be far from the behaviours and motivations existing in the past should be assessed. The reason is that ...

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