Clinton Pace

Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

William Weaver, Neil Peterie, E.G. Monroe


The degree program is given as Art & Secondary Education.

Degree Program

School of Teacher Education

Degree Type

Master of Arts


About eleven thousand years ago the earliest known human inhabitants of the Central Andean area began a lifestyle which developed into some of the richest cultures of the ancient American civilizations. The people living in this thirteen-hundred-mile arid mountain zone, which is now the nation of Peru, produced some of the most outstanding examples of ceramics in the world before the birth of Christ.

The purpose of this study was to examine representative examples from various early Peruvian cultures in an attempt to identify their characteristics and to determine the extent to which the pottery forms of certain early cultures influenced the ceramics of other cultures.

The investigation examined and compared the figurative motifs, surface designs and contour spout shapes of early Peruvian ceramics.

It was hypothesized that some or all of the above characteristics evolved from one early Peruvian culture to another.


Anthropology | Art and Design | Arts and Humanities | Ceramic Arts | History | Latin American History | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Social and Cultural Anthropology