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Ceramics in Circumpolar Prehistory: Technology, Lifeways and Cuisine

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Hunting and gathering societies -- Arctic regions -- Case studies, Hunting and gathering societies -- Arctic regions -- Antiquities, Hunting and gathering societies -- Arctic regions -- Social life and customs, Indians of North America -- Material culture


Chapter 7. The role of pottery in Arctic hunter-gatherer lifeways is analyzed through this investigation of how pottery procurement, production, use, and discard was incorporated into past hunter-gatherer seasonal activities. This case study highlights the complexity of making pottery at northern latitudes and the time investment, technological skill, and resources required of northern potters to resolve these challenges; mobility and environmental constraints unique to northern Alaska shape the character, production, and use of ceramic vessels.


This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Circumpolar Ceramics: Pottery Technology and Culture in the Prehistoric Far North. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication.

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