MA Thesis Defense-FR
Trevor Lamb MA Thesis Defense - Etoli-Sehtacuwok: Ceramic Vessel use at the Middle and Late Maritime Woodland Period Reversing Falls Site, Cobscook Bay, Maine.
Fragments of ceramic vessels are one of the most archaeologically persistent objects created by hunter-gatherers during the Maritime Woodland period. These fragments are portions of vessels that would have been useful and important to people living on the Maritime Peninsula in their whole, unbroken form. The transformation of whole vessels into fragments through anthropogenic and natural forces has limited the majority of archaeological studies to questions of technology and style. The application of new analytical methods since the 1970s has expanded the ways archaeologists can examine absorbed and adhered organic residues, and subsequently the ways archaeologists can address questions of container use. Building on a growing body of vessel use data for the Maritime Peninsula, this thesis examines the relationship between ceramic technology and use at the coastal Reversing Falls site in Pembroke, Maine. The vessel use data presented in this thesis represents the largest data set for the Coastal Quoddy Region, and the largest for any single site on the Maritime Peninsula. I use this dataset, in conjunction with technological data to explore patterns of container use through time, and to examine how container use relates to other poorly understood technological phenomenon; specifically ceramic complexity in the earlier Middle Maritime Woodland, and coastally dispersed Z-twist ceramics. Recognizing the destructive nature of extracting organic residues from ceramics, this thesis also offers a method for preserving culturally important objects through photogrammetry.
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