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A petrographic analysis of clay recipes in Late Neolithic north-western China: continuity and change

  • Andrew Womack (a1), Hui Wang (a2), Jing Zhou (a2) and Rowan Flad (a3)


Shifts in ceramic technology are often assumed to reflect wider social changes. Closer attention, however, needs to be directed to the fundamental issue of production. Shifts in the ceramic record of the Tao River Valley in north-western China (c. 2100 BC) are no exception and the relationships between ceramic form, clay recipes and communities of practice have not been previously investigated for this region. Here, petrographic analysis demonstrates that, despite major shifts in ceramic form and surface treatment, production techniques, raw materials and exchange relationships show surprising continuity through time.


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A petrographic analysis of clay recipes in Late Neolithic north-western China: continuity and change

  • Andrew Womack (a1), Hui Wang (a2), Jing Zhou (a2) and Rowan Flad (a3)


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