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Pots and Palaces

Carla M. Simopoli (Author)
Synopsis The study of archaeological ceramics has typically focused on questions of chronological reconstruction. However, as this volume demonstrates, the detailed study of archaeological ceramics can also provide important information on a variety of aspects of social and cultural life in ancient times. This innovative volume presents the first comprehensive study of historic ceramics conducted in India. The author has made an exhaustive analysis of several thousand ceramic fragments recovered in excavations carried out by the Directorate of Archaeology and Museums, Government of Karnataka, in an elite residential area of the important South Indian capital of Vijayanagara. This amply illustrated volume will serve as an important source on Vijayanagara ceramics and, at a more general level, as an important model for future studies of archaeological ceramics. A comprehensive statistical approach to the classification of Vijayanagara ceramics is first presented. This is followed by a detailed consideration of ceramic use and activity distribution in the eleven excavated palace compounds from the Noblemen's Quarter area of Vijayanagara. Finally, the author compares the Noblemen's Quarter ceramics with collections made from other areas of the site, the city's main Islamic Quarter and a lower status residential area known as the East Valley. Differences in ceramic frequencies and wares in these three areas can be attributed to cultural and behavioral differences, demonstrating the relevance of ceramic analysis to the study of the social, cultural and spatial organization of ancient settlements.
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About the author

Carla M. Simopoli

Carla M. Sinopoli is Professor, Department of Anthropology and Curator of Asian Archaeology, Museum of anthropology, University of Michigan. Her publications include approaches to Archaeological Ceramics, Plenum Press, New York – London, 1991; Pots and Palaces: The Earthenware Ceramics of the Noblemen’s Quarter of Vijayanagara, Manohar, 1993; The Political Economy of Crafts Production: Crafting Empire in India, Cambridge University Press, 2003. She has also edited The Archaeological Correlates of Hunter Gatherer Socieities (with F. Smilety et.al.), 1980 and Empires: Perspectives from Archaeology and History (with Susan E. Alcock et al.), Cambridge University Press, 2001.

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Title Pots and Palaces
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1993
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8185425280
length 243p., Figures; Tables; Plates; Maps; Appendices; Index.