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date: 11 August 2020

Ceramics, Foodways, and Consumption: Methods 

The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Historiography: Methods and Sources
Liza GijantoLiza Gijanto

Ceramics are among the most ubiquitous artifact types recovered from archaeological sites throughout the African continent. As an artifact class, they provide a wealth of information about African communities ranging from adaptation to the natural environment to social divisions and gender norms. Archaeologists have focused on the origins and development of ceramic technology tied to various subsistence strategies and have used these as a “type find” to denote culture contact and the rise of complexity. More recently, ceramics have been approached as one facet of foodways, being viewed as an integral part of cuisine and indicator of social organization.... ...

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