Utilizing the sequencing method, seriation, the sequence that I thought was most appropriate was as follows: J,C,G,B,I,F,K,L,E,H. The oldest piece of pottery, J, was relatively simple. J had a rounded bottom that was decorated with punctate decoration, while its stirrup and spout had no decorations on them. The next piece, C, was nearly identical with a large rounded, punctate decorated body and no decoration on the stirrup or spout. Piece G’s body transitioned from the solid punctate decoration to vertical bands of alternating punctate decoration and undecorated bands. Following piece G, piece B was once again nearly identical to its predecessor. Next, piece I kept the same alternating bands aspect of the previous two pieces, however the bands transitioned to alternating between solid red paint and undecorated bands. Piece F maintained the same alternating red and undecorated bands, but lowered the number of bands from 7 to 5. Moving from F to K, piece K’s only new addition was that the spout was now decorated with horizontal bands as opposed to the formerly undecorated spout. Piece L makes a number of relatively big changes from piece K. L’s body moved to being cupcake shaped and having a flattened bottom, as well making the spout and stirrup taller and more narrow. Piece E then does away with the vertical bands on the body and adds horizontal bands in their place. Lastly, piece H keeps the same body shape as piece E, however is decorated very differently. H goes back to the vertical bands on the body, adds appliqué and punctate decoration on the stirrup, and alternates red and punctate bands on the spout.
- I was not able to place piece A into the sequence as it does not seem to fit with the rest of the pattern that I established. Its extremely complex design and appliqué decoration lead me to believe that it is much newer, whereas the punctate decoration and shape of the body seem closer to that of the earlier pieces of pottery.
- This contradiction can possibly be explained by the deliberate attempt of the pottery makers to imitate earlier features. In such a case, I would account for this contradiction by placing it at the end of the entire sequence, after piece H.
- The complex design and appliqué decoration indicate that this piece is the newest one, while the punctate decoration and shape of the body can be described as above: a deliberate attempt to replicate the features more common in earlier pieces of pottery.
- The excavation done in problem 1 seems to lend credibility to my seriational ordering as the succession of pottery (and their respective designs) mostly correspond with that of my ordering.