Archaeometry of Pre-Columbian Sites and Artifacts (Getty by David Scott, Pieter Meyers

By David Scott, Pieter Meyers

Archaeometry is the appliance of medical tools and analyses to the examine of tradition in its archaeological context. Garnered from a convention known as to check the fabric tradition from North and South the US, the book's twenty essays on a huge variety of topics symbolize the whole scope of research during this box. They contain papers by way 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 courting of obsidian artifacts.

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Sites and survey areas that are subjects of intensive sampling o by the Maya Ceramics Project. Sites subject to extensive sam p l i n g Z o n e subject to extensive s a m p l i n g Pacific Coastal Guatemala and the majority of the Guatemalan highland sites have been omitted. Area of the Palenque survey is shown in large shaded area. ,-- - _. A T E M A L A' _- �:" , ; ' - '. \\. _•/�. • G U km I7 E L S A L\! , Rands 1 952). Today, the ancient Maya are viewed as human, seeking political advantage through trade and warfare, propitiation before the gods through bloodletting and human sacrifice, and even having a high time through rectal injec­ tions of fermented beverages.

Schiffer and Skibo 1 987; Neff 1 992), awareness of the need for providing a greater cultural and historical context for analytically based ceramic research will contribute to establishing the relevancy and sufficiency of compositional analysis. This paper presents several examples of compositional research involving archaeological ceramics that are being conducted to further archaeological under­ standing of social and economic relationships among the ancient Maya of southern I6 P RE - C O L U M B I A N POTTERY Mexico and Central America.

1 4) strongly supports the chemical pattern of Sierra groups (right side of the intraregional compositional differentiation and location for stubby-necked Balunte graph) and those from eastern jar production. Whether the stubby Balunte jar was produced from the specific and western Plains sites (Fig. 8). Chacamax sites sampled in the survey or from other sites in the general vicinity is Plot on the right (b) shows the somewhat secondary compared to the demonstration that this region appears to be projection of instrumental neu­ strongly incorporated within Palenque's ritual and economic spheres as inferred by tron activation analysis data.

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