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Identifying Individual Vessels with X-Radiography

  • Christopher Carr (a1)

Abstract

The individual vessel, rather than the sherd, is the relevant unit of analysis in many kinds of behavioral studies. Economical methods for assigning the sherds of multiple vessels to their vessels of origin are introduced for household-made ceramics. The methods employ visible surface indicators of vessel individuality as well as radiographically detectable ones such as temper quantity, size distribution, spatial distribution, and material type, void spaces, and fracture systems. A hierarchical, sequential sorting strategy and certain radiographic methods, which are optimal for revealing the internal features of ceramics, make this application possible.

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La vasija individual, en vez de los pedazos de vasija, es la unidad de análisis pertinente en muchas clases de estudios de conducta humana. En este trabajo, se introducen métodos económicos para designar los pedazos de vasijas múltiples a sus vasijas de origen en cuanto se refiere a la cerámica fabricada domésticamente. Los métodos utilizan indicadores visibles de superficie de la individualidad de las vasijas así como indicadores detactables radiográficamente como cantidad de degrasante, distribución de tamaño, distribución espacial, y tipo de material, espacios vacíos, y sistemas de fractura. Una estrategia jerárquica y secuencial de clasificación y ciertos métodos radiográficos, los cuales son óptimos para revelar los rasgos internos de la cerámica, hacen posible esta aplicación

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