By using the seriation technique and stratigraphic evidence, as well as the looking at the proportions of the body, neck and stirrup, and the kind of decoration, I arranged the stirrup spout bottles into the following sequence:
Vessel B, vessel C, vessel J, vessel G, vessel F, vessel I, vessel K, vessel A, vessel L, vessel H, vessel D, vessel E.
The vessel that does not seem to fit into the sequence is vessel A. This is because the stirrup is extremely ornate, unlike any of the other vessels in this group. The stirrup is also much larger than the other vessels, even though it still has the rounded shape. The only other vessel that is relatively similar is vessel H, but even that stirrup is not nearly as large or ornate. Also, the vessel itself has very extensive applique and punctate decoration all over the surface, more than any other vessel in the group.
When accounting for this change in design, I would assume that there was a change in the way the vessels were being made, or, more likely, the vessel was either brought in by an individual or traded in by a group. This would make sense because although it is very different than the other vessels, it still has some of the same features, like the rounded stirrup and conical spout. This could be because a closely neighboring community made this vessel for the same or similar purpose and traded it with someone within the original community.
It does have a similar feature to vessel H, because they both have punctuate decorative stirrups and both have the rounded shape of stirrup. I also believe it has features similar to vessel C and G, because all three have flanged rims above the spout. This is why, in the sequence, I added vessel H after both vessels C and G, because it most likely came after them.
The seriational ordering is similar to the cultural sequence from the stratigraphic excavation in Problem 1 because they are both methods of relative dating. This means that because they are so close in time, it is hard to date them both absolutely. It is also similar because in both cases there were artifacts that did not necessarily fit within the sequence. These outliers then needed to be examined in order to find the cause as to why they did not fit entirely within the layers or the ordering.