By David Scott, Pieter Meyers

ISBN-10: 0892362499

ISBN-13: 9780892362493

Archaeometry is the applying of clinical tools and analyses to the research of tradition in its archaeological context. Garnered from a convention referred to as to review the cloth tradition from North and South the United States, the book's twenty essays on a wide diversity of matters symbolize the entire scope of analysis during this box. They comprise papers by way of Ron L. Bishop at the compositional research of pre-Columbian pottery from the Maya sector, Heather Lechtman at the fabrics technological know-how of fabric tradition from the Andes, and J. Michael Elam and others on resource id and hydration relationship of obsidian artifacts.

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These siliceous mineraloids are formed in silica-accumulating plants and ultimately become part of the sedimentary cycle. While maize, a staple of Maya diet, is a silica accumulator, the high rainfall and steep runoff of the sierra largely prevents the accumulation of opal phytoliths in the Low Sierra clays. Rather, they are trans­ ported into the Plains, where various grasses and sedges produce phytoliths them­ selves. Plains pottery, therefore, made from resources in flatlands away from the base of the Low Sierra, tends to contain high abundances of phytolithic components as part of its clay fraction.

1992). 0 Vitric Ash-Ternpered 90% Level for Western Zone Black-Brown -1 . N. (3 90% Level for Eastern Zone Red-Orange 90% Level for Western Zone Red-Orange -1 . 8 . 0 PC01 FIGURE 7. Principal components plot showing eastern and western supplement the observation of elemental trends, was it possible to accurately allocate analyzed pottery to subareas of the coastal plain (Neff et al. 1 992; Bove et al. 1 992). groups of Late Formative through Early Classic Red-Orange and Paste Composition and Sociocultural Integration: The Greater Palenque Survey Black-Brown pottery relative to variation found in analysis of Nowhere in the Maya lowlands has the nature of ceramic changes been investigated raw clays from Pacific coastal more intensively than the environs of the site of Palenque in the western part of the Guatemala.

The number of analyses of Gray ware. The group at the top Fine Orange and Fine Gray samples has increased from 1 54 to 542. ), the new dis­ nience on the Usumacinta River criminant analysis plot in Figure 4b summarizes grouping tendencies within the delta and was not represented in Fine Orange and Fine Gray pottery. Samples from the site of Aguacatal had not the earlier study. been sampled previously and can be seen to form a small group whose distinctive­ ness probably relates their production from the deltaic clays at the mouth of the Usumacinta River (triangle symbol).

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