chapter  2
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From Pots to People: Ceramic Production in the Ancient Mediterranean

Artifacts-theportablematerialremainsofearliercivilizationsarethebuildingblocksofarchaeology.Thearchaeologist'sjobisto interpretthesurvivingfragmentsofpottery,stonetools,andbone, bothinrelationshiptothesiteoforiginandinrelationshiptoother sitesacrossspaceandtime.Usingvariousanalyticalapproaches, fromtechnicalstudiesofartifactconstructiontoanalogywithproductionbymoderncraftsmen,thearchaeologistsiftstheevidencein ordertoreconstructaparticularsociety'sleveloftechnologyand economicorganization.