X-ray Fluoroscopy in Your Own Backyard: A Method for Analyzing Ceramic Formation Techniques

Searching for Structure in Pottery Analysis - Applying Multiple Scales and Instruments to Production - Alan F. Greene

Erin N Hegberg [+-]
University of New Mexico
Erin Hegberg is an archaeology doctoral student specializing in 19th century historical archaeology at the University of New Mexico. Her interests include relationships between material culture and identity, between local and regional identities, and between producers and consumers.
Philip H Heintz [+-]
University of New Mexico
Philip H. Heintz is a professor emeritus in the department of diagnostic radiology at the University of New Mexico. His interests are in radiographic image processing, and patient dose calculations. He was the program director for the medical physics program at UNM.

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Erin Hegberg and Philip Heintz use 19th century trends in the formation of New Mexican Hispanic and Pueblo ceramics to analyze the relationship between learning lineages, motor skills, and the production of social identity. While Hispanic pottery types have traditionally been treated as distinct from Pueblo wares, current understandings of the social basis of that distinction remain poor. In their essay, the authors turn the lens of structural analysis on these two types of ceramics that are often made with local clays and temper, and found at historic sites throughout the Spanish and Mexican territories. Drawing on previous research showing that formation techniques such as coiling, slab building, or molding are directly related to learning lineages and motor skills, they use medical X-ray fluoroscopy to compare the formation techniques of Hispanic and Pueblo ceramics as part of a more general analysis of social groupings and identities in Territorial New Mexico. Their results suggest that variations in Hispanic and Pueblo potting may lie at production foci other than the formation stage.

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Hegberg, Erin; Heintz, Philip. X-ray Fluoroscopy in Your Own Backyard: A Method for Analyzing Ceramic Formation Techniques. Searching for Structure in Pottery Analysis - Applying Multiple Scales and Instruments to Production. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Feb 2021. ISBN 9781781790533. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=24655. Date accessed: 16 Jul 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.24655. Feb 2021

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