Northeast Ceramic Technology

This research project is designed to examine the technological changes in the manufacture of ceramic vessels and address issues related to the choices that groups make in manufacturing such objects. As part of this project, I have been comparing the ceramic assemblages from two contemporary horticultural hamlets near Syracuse and Central Bridge, New York to assess differences in pottery manufacture and the role that access to high and low quality resources (ie. clays, temper) played in the choices that potters made in forming the containers. The effects of the use of different local tempering materials on the stability and formation of container were examined through a pilot project conducted in 2008. Replication experiments conducted as part of this pilot project provided important insights into why non-local resources (particularly non-local materials used as temper) may have been selected and preferred over local materials.

Related Publications

Rieth, C.B.
<a href="">2013 Late Prehistoric Ceramic Technology in the Northeast. Current Research On-Line.</a>

Rieth, C. B. and E. Horton
2010 A Stylistic and Technological Analysis of Late Woodland Vessels from the Bailey Site, Onondaga County, New York. In the Iroquois Conference Proceedings, 2001-2005 edited by Christine Patrick, New York State Museum Bulletin Series.

Rieth, C. B. and E. Horton
<a href="">2008 Cultural Resources Data Recovery Report for the Bailey and Thomas-Kahn Site, Town of Belgium, Ondaga ondaga County, New York. Co-authored with E. Horton, prepared for the New York State Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration, Albany.</a>

Rieth, C. B.
2008 Technological Analysis of Iroquoian Ceramic Manufacture from New York. Paper presented for symposium entitled Methodological Advances in Iroquoian Ceramic Manufacture, Annual Meeting of Canadian Archaeological Association, Peterborough, Ontario.

Rieth, C. B., R. Morgan, J. Lattimer, S. Rafferty, and S. Moragne
2008 Experimental Archaeology and Pottery Manufacture: A Case Study from the Schoharie Valley, New York. Paper presented for organized symposium entitled Experimental Archaeology, organized by William Schindler and Timothy Messner for the Annual

Rieth, C.B.
1995 A Comparison of Ceramic Vessels from Four Clemson Island Sites in the Upper Susquehanna River Valley. Manuscript on file, Pennsylvania State Museum and Historical Commission, Harrisburg.

Rieth, C.B.
1995 Ceramic Variation During the Carpenter Brook Phase: An Analysis of the Spatial & Temporal Movement of Ceramic Vessels Throughout the Upper Susquehanna River Valley. Ms. on file, Yager Museum, Oneonta.