DOI link for Regional groupings
Regional groupings book
In this chapter we set out to examine regionality and change across time through the medium of one type of material culture – pottery. In seeking to establish regional patterns and chronologies pottery has a number of advantages. Over many areas of the country it is reasonably common and as a plastic medium it is highly sensitive to change – if the will is there to change it. A further advantage lies in the fact that regional sequences can be built up by means of stratigraphy and these can be linked to developments in neighbouring areas. In this way an interrelated pattern of contemporary style-zones can be discerned and can be deﬁned objectively. Within each, given adequate stratigraphical sequences, it is possible to chart change and sometimes rate of change.