New PDF release: Archaeometry of Pre-Columbian Sites and Artifacts (Getty

By David Scott, Pieter Meyers

ISBN-10: 0892362499

ISBN-13: 9780892362493

Archaeometry is the applying of clinical equipment and analyses to the research of tradition in its archaeological context. Garnered from a convention known as to check the fabric tradition from North and South the USA, the book's twenty essays on a wide variety of topics signify the whole scope of research during this box. They contain papers by means of Ron L. Bishop at the compositional research of pre-Columbian pottery from the Maya area, Heather Lechtman at the fabrics technological know-how of fabric tradition from the Andes, and J. Michael Elam and others on resource identity and hydration relationship of obsidian artifacts.

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Groups relate to those shown in Figure 13 except that Palenque group 3, consisting mostly offigurines, is omitted because of lack ofpetrographic data. 1 00 •D Co1:GI0::0I:::l '\ '\ '\ c.. --- -�. == = = 1 /2 (n 97) 1 (n 1 7) L West 2/3 (n 24) 27) East 1 /2 (n Palenque West 90 80 70 60 C, 50 ... 40 30 20 10 -- -- -- Absent­ Very rare­ trace rare Common Abundant Phytolith abundance polity-a linkage that was reinforced by exportation to Palenque of certain utilitar­ ian ceramics from particular sustaining areas.

This necessitates that many details are omitted; this is especially true in the area of data presentation. For more detailed information about previously published investigations the reader can consult the cited work. For those investigations that are still in progress, I apologize ahead of time for not presenting sufficient data to allow the reader to know precisely how I moved from analytical step A to step B. Sampling: Fine Orange and Fine Gray Pottery Purgamentum init, exit purgamentum. No matter how it is expressed, the admon­ ishment of " garbage in, garbage out" is relevant to the design of a sampling strategy in ceramic compositional investigations.

Shepard (1 966) reacted cautiously to these new developments of paste charac­ terization. , Shepard 1 939, com­ ments on Hawley and Hawley 1 938). Based upon her early experience and coupled with her awareness of complexities of a ceramic system, Shepard believed that chemical analysis of ceramic paste was subject to criticism, especially when con­ ducted "without reference to geological and geochemical conditions" (Shepard 1 965:vii; see also Shepard 1 966; Bennyhoff and Heizer 1 965). It is significant, there­ fore, that after hearing Sayre sometime in the late 1 960s describe the instrumental neutron activation analysis program being conducted at Brookhaven National Laboratory, Shepard withdrew her presentation of a paper critical of such efforts (Edward Sayre, pers.

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