Terms for ceramic vessels in the Panoan and Tacanan languages: ethno-archaeological observations
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The Panoan and Tacanan languages belong to relatively small linguistic families of the Western Amazon. This paper aimed to examine briefly the terms and meanings related to pottery and ceramic vessels comprised within the lexicon of these languages against the ethno-archaeological context. The results of studies presented in this article indicate an existence of common words referring to the shape of vessels and suggest the transfer of meanings from natural or organic containers to certain ceramic vessel types. Moreover, similar terms used for traditional ornamentation have been observed, although their relation to archaeological findings which requires further research.
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