Style, Basketry & Basketmakers Redux: Looking at Individuals Through a "Perishable" Prism.

 

Prof. James Adovasio (Mercyhurst Archaeological Institute)              

Style, Basketry & Basketmakers Redux: Looking at   Individuals Through a "Perishable" Prism.

Extensive research conducted over the past three decades documents that it is possible to isolate the work of individual basket makers, textile artisans, and even cordage/string makers in prehistoric perishable plant fiber artifact assemblages. Indeed, it is now clear that plant fiber artifacts are by far the most sensitive media for identifying individual craftspeople of any medium available to the archaeologist for study. The application and implications of this unique level of resolution are discussed in terms of specific case studies, including examples from the Early Archaic of Florida, the Basket Maker/Anasazi continuum in Arizona,and the Early Bronze Age of the Jordan Valley.


 





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