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Comparative petrographic and formal analyzes of ancient ceramics from tropical South America and the Caribbean

Grant number: 21/13754-0
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): March 31, 2022
Effective date (End): March 30, 2023
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Archeology - Prehistoric Archaeology
Principal Investigator:Eduardo Góes Neves
Grantee:Thiago Kater Pinto
Supervisor: Richard L. Burger
Host Institution: Museu de Arqueologia e Etnologia (MAE). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: Yale University, United States  
Associated to the scholarship:18/24509-3 - Archaeological diversity in the upper Madeira River basin, BP.DR


This research is looking to integrate two fundamental aspects of archaeological ceramics analysis, to discuss technology and its cultural and historical meanings. The intention of this project is to produce a technological and stylistic characterization of the Pocó-Açutuba ceramics of the Upper Madeira River and a regional macro comparison between this ancient polychromic pottery in the Amazon and samples of the Saladoid series collection stored at the Peabody Museum, excavated by Dr. Rouse on the Orinoco Basin and dated from 4,000 to 2,000 years BP. The two main research fronts are the ceramic petrography and technological and formal analysis of ceramics collection's of Saladoid series stored at the Peabody Museum. Through these activities, it will be possible to contribute with questions related to models of Amazonian archeology and propose interpretations regarding the process of anthropization of the Amazon forest by indigenous populations over time. (AU)

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