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Northwest coast kerfed containers : a formal study Patterson, Margaret Jean

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This study examines a large collection of artifacts, Northwest Coast kerfed containers. A terminology is developed with which to describe the physical traits of these artifacts. These data are analysed using numerical taxonomy, and clustered according to their affinities. The typology thereby produced strongly reflects pre-existing intuitive typologies. As well, the newly discovered ability formally to describe construction traits opens new possibilities for determining the provenance of these containers.

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