When visually comparing and then further reading the written descriptions of the vessels found within a single cemetery, that has been radiocarbon dated indicating the cemetery was used for around a thousand years. It would seem to me that the order would be Vessel J, Vessel C, Vessel G, Vessel B, Vessel I, Vessel F, Vessel K, Vessel D, Vessel E, Vessel H, Vessel L, and then I would tentatively put Vessel A as the most recent, largely due to the decorating style present.
The vessel that does not seem to fit in to the sequence would be Vessel A. I tentatively placed Vessel A as the most recent. It was purely on the notion that perhaps the individual making the Vessel was drawing on an appeal of an older decorating style. That has zero credibility however and I am rightfully conflicted about it. On one hand the punctate decoration would suggest older. However, the applique gives me pause to that assessment. There is no paint present on the vessel at all. If the use of paint is presumably a more recent decorating technique, as has been proven in other sequences, the lack of paint on Vessel A suggests it’s older. The overall shape, seems as though it could fit (within my sequence) after Vessel B. Although it actually shares many of the same traits as Vessel C. Both have short, massive conical spouts with flanged rims. Both have massive rounded stirrups. Both have convex-curved bodies with flat bottoms. They both have punctate in their decorations as well. It’s a bit of an anomaly because it doesn’t follow the general notion that stylistic changes happen gradually and not abruptly. If one is to view the decorative addition of the applique as an abrupt stylistic change, that is. As is suggested in the reading, perhaps a larger sampling would find more vessels that are similar to Vessel A, therefore filling in some stylistic gaps that seem to be apparent in this sampling put up for seriational ordering.
Using the seriational ordering in this problem and then comparing it with the cultural sequencing of the strata in Problem 1, it seems to solidify that the seriational ordering process is a process that makes sound sense and has some credibility. Obviously human variations on things will always be something that can’t quite fit in to the mix. Such as Figure A doesn’t quite fit easily in to the mix.