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Trace Element Analysis and Its Role in Analyzing Ceramics in the Eastern Woodlands

TitleTrace Element Analysis and Its Role in Analyzing Ceramics in the Eastern Woodlands
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsRieth, CB
EditorJakes, KA
Book TitleArchaeological Chemistry: Materials, Methods, and Meaning
Series TitleACS Books Symposium Series
Series Volume831
Pagination199-213
PublisherAmerican Chemical Society
CityWashington, D. C.
KeywordsCeramics, Pottery, sourcing, trace elements
Abstract

Clemson Island and Owasco ceramics are used to document interaction in Pennsylvania during the Early Late Prehistoric Period (A.D. 700-1300). Clemson Island ceramics are regarded as the by-products of local manufacture while Owasco ceramics are considered to be foreign wares. X-ray fluorescence is used to determine the provenance of manufacture and assess whether compositional profiles reflect the reciprocal exchange of ceramic vessels. The results of this project suggest no clear distinction between ceramic types and clay deposits. Instead, similarities in attributes may reflect the utilization of similar resources.

URLhttp://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/bk-2002-0831.ch013
DOI10.1021/bk-2002-0831.ch013