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Pots and Palaces The Earthenware Ceramics of the Noblemen's Quarter of Vijayanagara 1st Published

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Publisher:Manohar Publishers & DistributorsAmerican Institute of Indian Studies
Published In:1993
ISBN-10:8185425280
ISBN-13:9788185425283
Binding Type:Hardback
Weight:2.56 lbs
Pages:pp. 243, Figures, Illus., Plates, Tables, Maps, Index, Appendices, Acknowledgement

The Title "Pots and Palaces The Earthenware Ceramics of the Noblemen's Quarter of Vijayanagara 1st Published" is written by Carla M. Sinopoli. This book was published in the year 1993. The ISBN number 8185425280|9788185425283 is assigned to the Hardback version of this title. The book displayed here is a 1st Published edition. This book has total of pp. 243 (Pages). The publisher of this title is American Institute of Indian Studies. We have about 1322 other great books from this publisher. Pots and Palaces The Earthenware Ceramics of the Noblemen's Quarter of Vijayanagara 1st Published is currently Available with us.

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About the Book

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.

About the Author

Dr. Carla M. Sinopoli received a Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of Michigan and is presently Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has conducted archaeological fieldwork in Morocco, Egypt and North America. Since 1983 she has been working at the medieval imperial capital of Vijayanagara in South India, where her research has focused on archaeological and ethnoarchaeological studies of ceramics, specialized craft production and urban organization.

Contents

Preface/Dr. M.S. Nagaraja Rao

I. INTRODUCTION :
1. Using Ceramics to Answer Questions :
i. Using Ceramics to Study Chronology
ii. Using Ceramics to Study Activity Distributions
iii. Using Ceramics to Study Social Organisation
iv. Using Ceramics to Study Economic Organisation

II. THE NOBLEMEN'S QUARTER DESCRIBED :
1. The Noblemen's Quarter :
i. The Palace Compounds
ii. Other Architectural Features of the Noblemen's Quarter

2. The East Valley and Islamic Quarter :
i. The East Valley
ii. The Islamic Quarter

3. Issues in Vijayanagara Archaeology

III. THE NOBLEMEN'S QUARTER CERAMIC ANALYSIS : RESEARCH GOALS AND THE CERAMIC SAMPLE :
1. Research Goals
2. The Ceramic Sample :
i. The Noblemen's Quarter Sample
ii. The East Valley Ceramic Sample
iii. The Islamic Quarter Ceramic Sample

3. Discussion

IV. THE CERAMIC CLASSIFICATION :
1. Variable Definitions
2. Ware Categories
3. Morphological Categories :
i. Unrestricted Vessel Forms
ii. Restricted Vessel Forms

4. Other Vessel Forms :
i. Coarse Ware Vessels
ii. Water Pipes
iii. Pedestalled Base Vessels (Incense Burners)
iv. Nosed Lamps
v. Gaming Pieces
vi. Spouts
Conclusions

V. CERAMIC DISTRIBUTIONS IN THE NOBLEMEN'S QUARTER :
1. Ceramic Densities
2. Ware Distributions
3. Morphological/Vessel-Use Class Distributions :
i. Individual Classes
ii. K-Means Cluster Results

4. Other Vessel Classes
5. The Distribution of Vessel-Use Classes in the Noblemen's Quarter Compounds with Good Provenience : Interpretation and Summary
6. Noblemen's Quarter Compounds Compared
7. Noblemen's Quarter Restricted Vessel Rim Classes
8. Discussion

VI. COMPARISON OF NOBLEMEN'S QUARTER, EAST VALLEY, AND ISLAMIC QUARTER CERAMICS :
1. Ware Classes
2. Vessel-Use Classes
3. Restricted Vessel Rim Classes
4. Vessel Form Variants
5. Discussion

VII. SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS :
1. The Vijayanagara Ceramic Analysis :
i. The Ceramic Classification
ii. Activity Distributions in the Noblemen's Quarter
iii. Ceramic Froms and Social Indentity at Vijayanagara
iv. Ceramic Chronology

2. Discussion
References Cited