“We must never …

“We must never forget that human motives are generally far more complicated than we are apt to suppose, and that we can very rarely accurately describe the motives of another.” — Dostoyevsky

Written by zselden

Selden (PhD, Texas A&M University, 2013) is a US Marine Corps veteran, cyclist, kayaker, backpacker, hiker, climber, fisherman and general all-around outdoor enthusiast. His research is focused at the confluence of archaeological methods and digital technology, and he is particularly interested in the application of 3D technologies to archaeological problems, geometric morphometrics, network analyses, predictive modeling, archaeological theory, and archaeological science.

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  1. Zac, damn it, you have gotten far more sophisticated than this old man can comprehend. Actually I really like the trace element data and see an enormous potential for it. I am not so much in design theory to be taken by The 3-D design work because I am not that much into it as Tim is, but see it can be an anatical tool. Good stuff

    HJS

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  2. It seems to me that you are attempting to map the evolution of technological style. To do that you will need decent samples from multiple cemeteries along drainage basins. I did a serration of pots once from collections along the Neches in Mott Davis’ Caddo seminar, and those collections along with Cypress basin hold some promise for your 3-d trials.

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    1. Harry: Adding 16 more sites to the 3D dataset currently, and more to come after that. Not going to be a short-term endeavor, but hopefully one that can get us out of our current slump. I’m assuming that your seriation used Caddo vessels that are curated at TARL – I need to write a grant to get down there…sooner than later. Z

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      1. Many of the vessels used by Harry in his seriation were re-documented and photographed as part of the 41AN38 report for TxDOT (Perttula et al. 2011) and well as in Marceaux’s 2012 UT dissertation. This info, several hundred vessels, is readily available.

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    2. Harry: we actually are building a substantial sample of vessels from multiple cemeteries along the Red, Cypress, Sabine, and Neches River basins–probably on the order of 2000+ vessels documented in the last few years, not including what is at TARL that has been looked at. Mapping of technological style is certainly possible, as is formal stylistic changes and diversity. Cladistics would come in handy here in conjunction with the vessel scanning and the documentation of distinct motifs and decorative elements.

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      1. Mr. Pertulla, I am a student from NTCC and I have taken on a caddo project here. I am currently using your appraisal as a direct source for my project. I would love to ask you some questions about it. Please contact me if possible.

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