Welcome to
Prehistoric Ceramics


The Prehistoric Ceramics web pages were among the first components of the Diagnostic Artifacts in Maryland site to be developed. They were created through a team effort and could not have been accomplished without the contributions and support of everyone involved. Funding was generously provided by the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, part of the National Park Service, which enabled us to hire a project researcher, a project consultant, and a graphics designer.

Developing and reviewing the web pages was undertaken by a committee that included archaeologists from the Maryland Historical Trust, the project researcher, and the project consultant. Katherine Dinnel and Edward Chaney of the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Lab served as the Co-Project Managers, and wrote, edited, reviewed, and coordinated the project. Sarah Emmert, the Project Researcher, compiled information on the various prehistoric wares, photographed all the artifacts, constructed the web page, created the digital maps, and basically made sure the project was success. Robert Wall of Towson University, our Project Consultant, helped write, edit, and review the Prehistoric Ceramics pages as they developed. Maureen Kavanagh and Dennis Curry of the Maryland Historical Trust worked extensively with us to develop the web pages. They provided editorial review and input throughout the process. Special thanks to both of them for coming up with solutions to .html problems when panicked requests were made.

In addition to the committee members, we would like to thank the following people and institutions for their invaluable assistance during this project:

Julia King, Director of the MAC Lab, who supported the project and helped write and edit the text.

Jon Dean, JPPM Exhibits Services Graphic Designer, who helped develop the original page design, and Sharon Raftery, MAC Lab Administrative Assistant, who developed the current design.

The National Museum of Natural History, Department of Anthropology, for allowing us to photograph pottery in its collections from sites in Maryland and surrounding states. We especially want to thank Jim Coaker and Felicia Pickering for their time and effort.

The Delaware Office of Historic Preservation, for allowing us to photograph pottery examples from Eastern Shore sites so we could provide a broader range of illustrations. Chuck Fithian and Dan Griffith of DOHP were enthusiastically supportive of our project.

We asked several regional archaeologists for a peer review of a beta version of these web pages before we posted the final product. Thanks go to the following for their input and encouragement: Wayne E. Clark, Richard J. Dent, Carol Ebright, Christina Jirikowic, Stephen R. Potter, and Michael Stewart. Of course, any inaccuracies or problems observed on these web pages are the responsibility of the web site creators and do not reflect upon the reviewers. We greatly appreciate their suggestions.

Finally, we want to give special thanks to the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training for providing the funding that allowed us to develop the Diagnostic Artifacts in Maryland web site and to produce the Prehistoric Ceramics web pages. Thanks especially to Mary Carroll of NCPTT, who recognized the importance of this project and helped us along the way.

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