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dc.contributor.authorTing, Carmenen
dc.contributor.authorUlloa Hung, Jen
dc.contributor.authorHofman, CLen
dc.contributor.authorDegryse, Pen
dc.description.abstract© 2017 Elsevier Ltd This study sought to investigate the extent and processes through which indigenous technologies were passed on in the production of indigenous pottery in the Greater Antilles, the Caribbean, during the early colonial period in the late 15th and early 16th centuries AD. We examined a selection of black wares and red wares recovered from an early colonial archaeological site of Pueblo Viejo de Cotuí, Dominican Republic. We devised an integrated approach, which combined anthropological theory of cultural transmission and archaeological science. Thin-section petrography was used to characterise five main aspects of the production of the ceramic assemblage, including raw materials selection, paste preparation, forming, surface finish, and firing methods. We then compared the results with the analyses we had previously conducted on the production of pre-colonial Meillacoid and Chicoid ceramics, which allowed us to delineate the extent and processes of technology transmission. Our findings reveal that indigenous technologies were neither fully replicated nor discontinued in the production of black wares and red wares at Cotuí during the early colonial period. Instead, the producers of both black wares and red wares continued to use certain aspects of indigenous technologies, but each with varying extents. The black wares largely followed the local indigenous ways as expressed in the selection of local raw materials, low level of standardisation in paste preparation, the use of coiling and low firing temperatures. As for the red wares, it is certain that their production continued with the use of local raw materials and low firing temperatures, whereas it is possible that the use of grog temper and red slips also represents the transmission of indigenous technologies that were linked to roots other than the Meillac and Chican ceramics.
dc.description.sponsorshipEuropean ResearchCouncil under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme(FP7/2007–2013)/ERC grant agreement no. 319209
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
dc.titleIndigenous technologies and the production of early colonial ceramics in Dominican Republicen
prism.publicationNameJournal of Archaeological Science: Reportsen
dc.contributor.orcidTing, Ka [0000-0002-3509-1614]
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen

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