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THE TRANSITION FROM SOAPSTONE BOWLS TO MARCEY CREEK CERAMICS IN THE MIDDLE ATLANTIC REGION: VESSEL TECHNOLOGY, ETHNOGRAPHIC DATA, AND REGIONAL EXCHANGE

Michael J. Klein
Archaeology of Eastern North America
Vol. 25 (1997), pp. 143-158
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40914421
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Abstract

The technological attributes of soapstone bowls and Marcey Creek ceramics, ethnographic descriptions of the use of similar artifacts, and the widespread exchange of soapstone bowls suggest these artifacts were symbolically important vessels used during ritual gatherings and as prestigious exchange objects. With the collapse of the Southeastern exchange system, the benefits of expending the considerable labor involved in soaps tone extraction and artifact manufacture waned. However, the behaviors associated with these vessels continued in importance. The brief existence ofMarcey Creek Ceramics indicates that this attempt ultimately failed.

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