Ceramic Production and Society in the Late Majiayao Culture of Northwest China
Searching for Structure in Pottery Analysis - Applying Multiple Scales and Instruments to Production - Alan F. Greene
Michele L Koons [+]
Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Michele Koons is Curator of Archaeology at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. She specializes in Andean archaeology, ancient complex societies, archaeology of desert environments, geophysical/remote sensing archaeology, and ceramic analysis. Her current research examines human-environmental dynamics and past water management strategies on the north coast of Peru and in the Southwest US.
Jade D’alpoim Guedes [+]
University of California, San Diego
Jade D’Alpoim Guedes is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, San Diego. She is a paleoethnobotanist and human osteologist who studies how humans adapted their foraging practices and agricultural strategies to new and changing environments. Her primary region of focus is China, where she currently carries out a fieldwork project that examines the spread of agriculture and pastoralism to the margins of the Tibetan Plateau.
Majiayao storage vessels are an important feature in Neolithic burials in Northwest China. An increase in the number of vessels between the Banshan and Machang phases of the Majiayao culture demonstrates a change in the value and production processes used to manufacture these vessels. We use experimental archaeology and radiography in order to examine changes in their mode of production.