(particularly coastal) regions, they have little utility over the region as a whole ( Luedtke 1986). Instead, the attribute analysis of both technical and decorative attributes has the potential to provide information about environmental and social contexts of production; intended vessel function; technological traditions; and social boundaries ( Stark 1998). The analysis of technical attributes of ceramics are challenging in any region, but, as Dincauze ( 1975a) warned, it is the key to cultural interpretation. Rather than forever hiding in the shadow of the Iroquois, by breaking the mold of ceramic typologies in New England, archaeologists in the region will be free to seek models of cultural variation and change that posit New England Algonquians as the "center" ( Dincauze 1993a) of unique processes of human experience.
I thank Dena F. Dincauze who inspired my interest in ceramic analysis and who was the chair of my dissertation committee at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. I also wish to thank the other members of my thesis committee, Arthur S. Keene, H. Martin Wobst, and Kevin Sweeney ( Amherst College). Thanks also to Michael Sugerman ( Harvard University) for computer assistance and David Schafer (Public Archaeology Laboratory) for brainstorming sessions and editorial comments. All potsherds were drawn by Maureen Manning-Bernat- sky. A special thanks goes to Mary Ann Levine, Michael Nassaney, and Kenneth Sassaman for inviting me to contribute this paper and for organizing and editing this volume. Any flaws in this work are solely my responsibility.
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Publication information: Book title: The Archaeological Northeast. Contributors: Mary Ann Levine - Editor, Kenneth E. Sassaman - Editor, Michael S. Nassaney - Editor. Publisher: Bergin & Garvey Publishers. Place of publication: Westport, CT. Publication year: 1999. Page number: 111.
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