Archaeometry & Materials Analysis: Ceramic Petrography (Other Keyword)

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Adapting to Changing Resources: A Petrographic Analysis of Iron I Pottery from Tel Miqne-Ekron (2018)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Laura Mazow. Heidi Luchsinger. Kristen Rozier.

The arrival of foreigners to the southern Levant at the beginning of the Iron Age (1200-1000 BCE) has been recognized in the material culture, as have changes in this material culture over time. These developments, resulting from interaction with the local population, have been interpreted as assimilation, acculturation, creolization, and most recently entanglement. In this poster, we examine these transformations through the lens of technological, i.e. those aspects of pottery manufacture that...


Analysis of Late Rio Grande Glaze Wares from a Post-Revolt Jemez Pueblo (2019)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Danielle Huerta.

This is an abstract from the "SAA 2019: General Sessions" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. For 400 years Rio Grande Glaze Ware played an important role in Pueblo life, from feasting and ritual acts to everyday life as serving vessels. What is interesting though, is that regardless of its said importance and the specialized nature of technical knowledge required to produce glaze ware, it appears that Pueblo potters stopped making glaze ware sometime...


Analysis of Rio Grande Glaze Ware Glaze F Pottery from LA 20,000 Using Petrographic and Chemical Composition Techniques (2018)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Danielle Huerta. Heather Trigg. Judith Habicht-Mauche.

The pre-Revolt period (1598-1680) in New Mexico was a tumultuous time characterized by the forced making and breaking of ties between Spanish and Indigenous peoples on the Spanish Colonial settlement landscape that resulted in the circulation of cultural and economic resources. For Pueblo communities, colonial incursions significantly affected daily life through the ravages of war and disease, the privations of taxation and religious persecution, and the disruption of traditional economic and...


Analyzing the Utilization of Shell in Chickasaw Pottery Using Petrographic and Chemical Composition Techniques (2019)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Domenique Sorresso.

This is an abstract from the "SAA 2019: General Sessions" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. Archaeological and ethnographic records indicate that a change in ceramic technology from recent shell to fossil shell temper took place as the contact period Chickasaw of Mississippi migrated north and adjusted to upland settlements of the Blackland Prairie. While this shift is widely accepted within the archaeology of the region, it can be difficult to apply...


Applications of Microscopy and Thin Section Petrography in Iroquoian Ceramic Analysis (2018)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Sarah Striker.

Iroquoian ceramic analysts typically focus on decorative style, in part because this approach maximizes the amount of information that can be obtained from an assemblage in a short amount of time. Decorative attributes can be rapidly identified and recorded, and a significant literature links patterns in decorative styles to social, temporal, and cultural trends. Characteristics of ceramic fabrics including clays and tempers are rarely examined, but adding these elements to the standard...


At a Crossroads: 300 years of Pottery Production and Exchange at Goat Spring Pueblo, NM (2018)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Suzanne Eckert. Deborah Huntley.

The Goat Spring Archaeology Project explores late Pueblo period (A.D. 1300 - 1680) cultural continuity and transformation in south-central New Mexico. Goat Spring Pueblo was occupied periodically: initially during a period of demographic reorganization and expansion of regional networks in the 1300s, again during the early Spanish Colonial period, and possibly during the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. This highland village was strategically located along the trail connecting Western Pueblo and Rio Abajo...


Ceramic Petrographers in the Americas: An Introduction to our Mission and Goals (2018)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Yukiko Tonoike. Andrea Torvinen.

Founded in June 2017, the mission of the Ceramic Petrographers in the Americas (CPA) group is the promotion, discussion, and development of ceramic petrography in archaeology. Of principal interest is providing resources for those interested in employing ceramic petrography for their research and those who would like to pursue this method as a specialty. The group consists of archaeologists residing in the Americas who use optical petrography and other characterization techniques to infer the...


Ceramic Petrography as a Service for CRM Firms and Beyond (2019)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Mary Ownby.

This is an abstract from the "Archaeological Science Outside the Ivory Tower: Perspectives from CRM" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. Ceramic petrography is best known as a highly specialized skill employed by certain ceramic researchers within academic institutions. The results of this method are utilized to understand the broader culture that produced the pottery studied. However, both the technique and the holistic interpretation of the data are...


Ceramic Petrography of Woodland Period Swift Creek Complicated Stamped Pottery in Florida and the Lower Southeastern United States (2018)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Ann Cordell. Neill Wallis. Thomas Pluckhahn.

Swift Creek Complicated Stamped pottery from the lower Southeastern U.S. is a premier material for the systematic study of Woodland period social interactions. Petrographic analysis of Swift Creek pottery was undertaken as part of a research program that integrated materials analyses of pottery, including Neutron Activation Analysis, digital imaging of paddle stamp designs, technological analysis, and absolute dating, to identify patterns of social interaction. Over 200 samples have been thin...


Ceramic Resource Selection and Social Violence in the Gallina Area of the American Southwest (2019)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Connie Constan.

This is an abstract from the "SAA 2019: General Sessions" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. This research examines the relationship between social violence and ceramic resource procurement. Do people in middle-range societies alter resource use in response to conflict? Specifically, does social strife influence the distance to which potters in middle-range societies will travel to collect ceramic resources? Distance and quality are primary elements...


Chaîne Opératoires and Technical Identity in Aguada Portezuelo Pottery: an Approach through Ceramic Petrography (Catamarca, Argentina) (2019)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Guillermo De La Fuente.

This is an abstract from the "Cross-Cultural Petrographic Studies of Ceramic Traditions" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. The Aguada Portezuelo ceramic style (ca. AD 600 – AD 900) from Northwestern Argentine region, presents a highly stylistic variation and complexity in the forming techniques used by ancient potters, concerning surface treatments and the decoration applied to ceramic vessels. One of the most important features in these ceramics, is...


Clay Resource Variability and Stallings Pottery Provenance along the Savannah and Ogeechee Rivers (2018)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Zackary Gilmore. Kenneth Sassaman.

An understanding of the raw materials available to ancient potters is essential to archaeological considerations of vessel production and provenance. Consequently, the collection and analysis of raw clay samples has become a common component of such studies. This poster presents the results of compositional analyses of clays from along the Savannah and Ogeechee Rivers in Georgia and South Carolina via petrographic point-counting and neutron activation analysis (NAA). These analyses were...


Continuity and Change in Prehispanic and Colonial Pottery Production at Tzintzuntzan (2019)
DOCUMENT Citation Only David Rangel. Ariana Juárez. Alejandro Valdes. José Luis Punzo Díaz.

This is an abstract from the "Archaeology in South Central Michoacán México, Ongoing Studies" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. This poster examines continuity and change in prehispanic and colonial pottery production at Tzintzuntzan through a typological and petrographic analysis.


Defining petrographic fabrics among regional wares at La Quemada, Zacatecas, Mexico (2018)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Andrea Torvinen.

Situated in the Malpaso Valley of Zacatecas, Mexico, the site of La Quemada was one of a series of polities that developed along the northern frontier of Mesoamerica during the Epiclassic period (A.D. 500-900). Widely distributed ceramic wares suggest interaction among northern frontier polities, but it remains unknown whether they are the product of widely recognized social categories (i.e., shared style) or direct, face-to-face interaction among individuals (i.e., shared composition)....


Examining Sources of Glazed Ceramics In Mesopotamia in Late Antiquity (2019)
DOCUMENT Citation Only David Hill. Jan Petrík. Karel Novácek. Ali Ismail Al-Juboury.

This is an abstract from the "Cross-Cultural Petrographic Studies of Ceramic Traditions" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. Estimation of provenance in fine ceramics is a challenging task. Documenting the trade in glazed Sassanian and Islamic ceramics into southeast Asia and China has driven an interest in identifying the sources of these ceramics. We have defined three hypothetical provenance groups 1) Greater and Lesser Zab catchment (Arbil area),...


Exploring the Interaction of Culture and Technology in the Acoma Culture Province (2018)
DOCUMENT Citation Only David Hill.

The Acoma Culture Province is the geographic expanse of the ancestral homeland of the Pueblo of Acoma documented for adjudication through the Indian Claims Commission and through archaeological research. Pottery made during both the prehistoric and historic periods found within the Acoma Culture Province was made using crushed potsherds as an addition to the pottery clay. The practice of adding crushed potsherds represents a cultural choice for Acoma potters, a choice that has considerable...


From Technological Style to Communities of Practice: Defining Yavi-Chicha Sociotechnical Systems in the Río Grande de San Juan Basin (Border of Bolivia and Argentina) during the Period of Regional Developments (ca. AD 900-1450) (2019)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Ester Echenique. Florencia Avila. William Gilstrap.

This is an abstract from the "Cross-Cultural Petrographic Studies of Ceramic Traditions" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. Despite the Yavi-Chicha phenomenon being widely discussed in the Southern Andes, there is a lack of systematic research around the socioeconomic and political implications of production and circulation of the pottery of the Río Grande de San Juan Basin (Chicha Region). From the study of ceramic production and circulation, this...


If Ocarinas Could Talk: The Biographies of Ceramic Wind Instruments Used in a Late Classic Maya Funerary Ceremony at Pacbitun, Belize (2018)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Kong Cheong. Linda Howie. Terry Powis.

The Classic Maya crafted a wide variety of music instruments from clay and other materials. Numerous depictions of musicians on vase paintings and murals attest to the important role of music in ceremonial occasions. Music instruments were also interred with the deceased during funerary ceremonies; although their comparative rarity in burials suggests that their inclusion was not a common practice. At the site of Pacbitun, music instruments have been recovered from multiple Classic period...


Local Political Economies at Angamuco, Michoacán: Insights from Ceramic Archaeometry (2018)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Anna Cohen. Michael Galaty.

A key goal in the study of ancient artifacts is determining their provenance. Such information can provide insight into the production and consumption of artifacts, but may also inform discussions about local political economies. Our study uses qualitative optical petrography and geochemical analysis (NAA) to evaluate the tempers and paste recipes in ceramic fragments and raw clays from Angamuco, located in the Lake Pátzcuaro Basin, Michoacán. Angamuco was occupied before and throughout the...


Memes of Hohokam Pottery: the Spread of Ceramic Traditions from the Middle Gila River, Arizona (2019)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Andrew Lack. Mary Ownby.

This is an abstract from the "Cross-Cultural Petrographic Studies of Ceramic Traditions" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. The idea of memes, as coined by Dawkins, originally referred to an element of a culture or behavior that is passed from one individual to another by nongenetic means. It was used to examine how cultural phenomenon replicate, mutate, survive, or become extinct. This has clear applications to ceramic traditions where the cultural...


Mineralogy Without Minerals: A Proposed Methodology for Reconstructing the Original Compositions of Highly Altered Ceramic Bodies Using Thin Section Petrography (2018)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Linda Howie. Jillian Jordan. Heather McKillop.

The rock and mineral fragments present in archaeological pottery, whether naturally occurring in the clay component or intentionally added as a temper, often serve as the primary geologic basis for provenance ascription in petrographic analysis. In certain contexts, however, the original compositional characteristics of pottery have been highly altered through technological or postdepositional processes. In these situations, accurate characterization and sourcing of original raw material...


Petrographic Analysis of Ceramics from Umbro Greek, Southern Calabria, Italy (2019)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Dana Drake Rosenstein. Konstantina-Eleni Michelaki.

This is an abstract from the "SAA 2019: General Sessions" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. Here we present the first results of petrographic analysis on ceramic sherds from Umbro Greek archaeological site, a Classical period farmhouse in Southern Calabria, Italy, dating from the 5th to 4th centuries BCE. The site is located on the Umbro plateau, halfway between the Ionian Sea and the Aspromonte Massif, an area extensively researched by the Bova...


Petrographic Analysis of Pre-Columbian Pottery From Nevis, Eastern Caribbean (2019)
DOCUMENT Citation Only John Lawrence. Scott Fitzpatrick. Christina Giovas.

This is an abstract from the "Cross-Cultural Petrographic Studies of Ceramic Traditions" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. Prehistoric Amerindians in the Eastern Caribbean often used local materials in the manufacturing of ceramics, and in some cases, transported these as they migrated. Given the ubiquity of ceramics in the Caribbean, they are useful in discerning past movements, and spheres of interaction. However, studies of this nature are scarce...


Petrographic Perspectives on Ceramic Technology and Provenance in Northern Botswana (2019)
DOCUMENT Citation Only David Killick. Edwin Wilmsen.

This is an abstract from the "Cross-Cultural Petrographic Studies of Ceramic Traditions" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. Over the last 45 years, Wilmsen, James Denbow, and others have recovered ceramics from nearly thirty excavated sites, in the northern half of Botswana. Together with Phenyo Thebe and Ann Griffiths, Wilmsen has also sampled clays and sands throughout the region, has obtained samples of raw materials, and prepared pastes and pots...


Petrographic Perspectives on the Ceramic Complexity in the Lake Pátzcuaro Basin (2018)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Amy Hirshman.

Archaeologically known ceramic pastes from the Lake Pátzcuaro Basin, Michoacán, Mexico, involved long-lived paste recipes that have been identified both visually and via neutron activation. This paper focuses upon Late Postclassic Tarascan state-period ceramics (AD 1350-1525) and contextualizes new petrographic data within the regional geology and prior research in order to assess aspects of the longevity and complexity in potter’s paste choices within the basin.