A form and function study of precontact pottery from Atlantic Canada

Stapelfeldt, Kora (2009) A form and function study of precontact pottery from Atlantic Canada. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

[img] [English] PDF - Accepted Version
Available under License - The author retains copyright ownership and moral rights in this thesis. Neither the thesis nor substantial extracts from it may be printed or otherwise reproduced without the author's permission.

Download (9MB)


Pottery is an ubiquitous feature of the Woodland period (c. 500 B.C. to A.D.1500) in northeastern North America. Mobile hunter-gatherer populations in this region used pottery containers despite their fragile nature. Although much work has been done on pottery design, vessel form and function are regrettably under-studied due to the small number of vessels suitable for analysis. Through a detailed analysis of near-complete vessels and sizeable rim sherds from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Western Newfoundland we can begin to see variation in pottery form throughout time, as well as across the region. Once vessel form is established we can begin to address the issue of vessel function and gain a broader perspective as to how these pots were used. Although there is still much work to be done, this research can serve as a starting point to uncover more about the role(s) of pottery among precontact hunter-gatherer populations.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/8674
Item ID: 8674
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (leaves 155-165)
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Archaeology
Date: 2009
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Canada--Atlantic Provinces
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Excavations (Archaeology)--Atlantic Provinces; Pottery, Prehistoric--Atlantic Provinces; Woodland culture--Atlantic Provinces

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item


Downloads per month over the past year

View more statistics