ZTSet1L1 Archaeology: Pottery


1. What is the main purpose of the lecture?

  • A. To explain how archaeologists identify broken pottery
  • B. To explain why Mayan pottery is more difficult to classify than other types of pottery
  • C. To discuss different systems for classifying the shape of ancient pottery
  • D. To explain why new methods of classifying Mayan pottery are necessary

2. According to the discussion, what can be learned by analyzing ancient pottery?

  • A. Time periods of contact between different cultures
  • B. Time periods when certain cultures thrived
  • C. Locations where pottery was mass-produced
  • D. Ways of mending broken pottery vessels

3. What is the professor’s opinion about classification systems?

  • A. Many of the current classification systems are confusing.
  • B. Using only one system could result in an incomplete or inaccurate analysis.
  • C.  New classification systems are needed to replace the current ones. 
  • D. Archaeologists will likely never agree on the best system to use.

4. What point is the professor trying to make when he mentions skiing?

  • A. Archaeologists must compare the shapes of pottery found at different sites
  • B.  Identifying similarities between objects is important in archaeological research.
  • C. Digital photography will soon help archaeologists to document their discoveries.
  • D. Surface finish is considered an important part of classifying pottery. 

5. What does the professor imply about broken pieces of pottery?

  • A. They can provide more information than unbroken pottery. 
  • B. They are often identified improperly. 
  • C. They are not useful if they are very small.
  • D. They are usually not worth documenting. 

6. According to the professor, why is it often difficult for archaeologists to compare the shapes of vessels from different locations?

  • A. The surface of a lot of pottery is in bad condition.
  • B. Many ancient pots have never been drawn. 
  • C. Some archaeologists do not share the results of their work. 
  • D.  Drawings of pottery do not always contain all the significant details.

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