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Ancient Peruvian Potters' Marks and Their Interpretation through Ethnographic Analogy

Christopher B. Donnan
American Antiquity
Vol. 36, No. 4 (Oct., 1971), pp. 460-466
DOI: 10.2307/278466
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/278466
Page Count: 7
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Abstract

Pre-fire incised marks can be observed on many of the plain cooking and storage ceramic vessels of the Moche style, which flourished on the north coast of Peru from approximately 100 B.C. to A.D. 800. A possible explanation of these marks is suggested on the basis of an ethnographic analogy to the present-day practices of potters in the central sierra of Peru. It is suggested that the marks were made to facilitate the identification of the pots of each potter during production and prior to the actual marketing of the pots.

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