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Pots and Evolution: Response to Neff and Schiffer et al.

Helen L. Loney
American Antiquity
Vol. 66, No. 4 (Oct., 2001), pp. 738-741
DOI: 10.2307/2694187
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2694187
Page Count: 4
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Pots and Evolution: Response to Neff and Schiffer et al.
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Abstract

This reply seeks to answer the comments by Neff and Schiffer et al. by stating the following: 1) evolutionary theory in archaeology is limited by the overextension of biological attributes to nonbiological artifacts, such as pottery; 2) evolutionary theory when applied to technological studies has an underlying technological determinist implication, and hence is inappropriate for use in the study of ancient technologies; 3) the subfields and disciplines of ceramic studies in archaeology are becoming increasingly isolated from each other and from the mainstream of interpretation, as evidenced by exclusionary bibliographies, language and study groups; and 4) ceramic studies are best approached on a contextual, case-by-case basis.

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