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I agreed, contingent, of course, on proper funding. In the spring of 1972 the Research Council at the University of Missouri granted my request for $2,000 (URC NSF 986) for a trip to South Africa to test crucial portions of the formal account against the behavior of practicing potters. I left for South Africa on June 17, 1972, accompanied by Katherine Neff, then a graduate student at Missouri, who served as my field assistant for the six-week duration of the project. While in South Africa we were hosted by the University of Pretoria's Department of Anthropology, which played a crucial role in the success of our research.

In such cases a contradiction will depend upon assuming identity of intent in both production and in use. The foregoing explication of the term mode may now be stated with greater parsimony and sufficiency than before. Any attribute which meets the criteria of repetition, relative invariance, linearity, and noncontradictory outcomes may by ''real definition" be considered an instance of a mode (for a discussion of real definitions, see Hempel 1952, 614). 4 Symbolically stated: Page 13 where X is an attribute, M is a mode, R is the criterion of repetition, RI is the criterion of relative invariance, L is the criterion of linearity, and NC is the criterion of noncontradictory outcomes.

Ceramic studies were accommodated to this interest, and ceramic evidence was widely used in chronology building. Changes in the popularity of types, modes, attributes, or any combination of the three were deemed sufficient for inferring the temporal order among cultures, phases, or foci (Phillips, Ford, and Griffin 1951; Rouse 1939; Spaulding 1956). Related studies used ceramic data to identify the prehistoric antecedents of historic tribes, trace trade routes, or map the putative pathways of migration and diffusion (Taylor 1948, 8689; Willey and Sabloff 1974, 14).

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