The chronology of the late Roman and early migration periods by Kazimierz God¦owski

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Tt1ificant role in social life. ()ne \vay to think this insight through i~ to use Kopytoff's (1986, 90-91) conclusion that the \vay society makes persons is analogous to the \\'ay persons create things. Ho\ve\,cr, \ve are also a\\'are that, \\rhile the attribution of agency to objects repositions the debate, there are limits to the approach, as forcibly expressed by Douglas and Ishenvood (1996). JOles: f~rt{~"lentatiol1 in l~rehistoric Context participation, nor the content of that form. \X'e have alluded already to a common assumption about the relationship between material objects and their society retlectionism.

X'ith fe\\' exceptions (plates are found at Cheshma only; flasks at Rakitovo only), most ranges occur at both sites. The total number of \'esse} categories - the main n:ssd fonns - is similar for each site, \vith an emphasis on ho\,,} and dish categories. '"[he yast majority of these categories emphasised rounded contours, the lack of \Trtical division and the potential f()r open, integrated fields for decoration (Fig. 3). Nonetheless, categories \,yith a single break (a neck, a foot or a carination) occurred in fc\ver than 1 in ten cases and there is even a sprinkling of categories \vith two divisions.

Keightley's case is strengthened by his references to similar trends not onh· in other crafts but also in the treatn1ent of the human body. in the mortuary. domain. Rita \X'right makes similar comparisons benveen pottery and other crafts in an application of Keightley's approach to Harappan India (\,'right 1(93); she emphasises the transformations central to the restructuring of materials and the juxtapositions of shapes, textures and colours in finished artifacts. In both these cases, the relations benveen material order and cognitive processes arc emphasised rather than the links benveen material categories and social categories.

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