OAS Meeting: Steven Dorland

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Date(s) - 19/10/2016
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

AP 246


OAS OCT mtg 2016 posterWednesday, October 19, 2016
Steven Dorland (PhD candidate, U of T)

Learning landscapes in the Great Lakes Region: an analysis of 15th century pre-contact ceramic assemblages. 
Ontario Archaeological Society Toronto Chapter Meeting
7:30pm, AP 246, 19 Russell St.

There will be a speaker, light refreshments, and time socialize with other members.

Great Lakes archaeologists have long emphasized the study of more skilled potters to address group identity and potting technologies. However, there has been little discussion of how potting practices are learned. In particular, the roles and practices of children are under-studied, and their agency has been questioned.

I demonstrate children were indeed making pottery, and their actions were linked to the gradual learning of longstanding potting traditions. Furthermore, I argue learning embodied cultural beliefs and traditions entangled within broader socialization processes that extended beyond pottery production. Integrating the actions of children allows archaeologists the opportunity to more effectively understand broader cultural practices, and develop more complete interpretations of past peoples.