Fingerprints, sex, state, and the organization of the Tell Leilan ceramic industry

  title={Fingerprints, sex, state, and the organization of the Tell Leilan ceramic industry},
  author={Akiva Sanders},
  journal={Journal of Archaeological Science},
  • Akiva Sanders
  • Published 2015
  • Geography
  • Journal of Archaeological Science
The goal of this research is to elucidate the organization of ceramic production at Tell Leilan, Northeast Syria with respect to gender roles from 3400 to 1700 BCE through a study of fingerprint impressions on pottery. Using the distribution of epidermal ridge densities, a technique has been developed and tested to determine the proportion of men and women who formed and finished vessels in a ceramic assemblage. Analysis of 106 fingerprints preserved on sherds indicates that there is a discrete… Expand
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