Chert Spectral Database


Chert spectral database collected from over 1,000 Lower St. Louis "Dover" and Fort Payne chert samples. Database used to evaluate the chert provenance application of both VNIR and FTIR reflectance spectroscopy techniques. The spectral data was also used to characterize the source for 30 Mississippian chert sword-form bifaces.

Cite this Record

Chert Spectral Database. Ryan Parish. Memphis, TN: Department of Earth Sciences, University of Memphis. 2013 ( tDAR id: 391078)

Temporal Coverage

Calendar Date: 1200 to 1400 (Middle Mississippi Period)

Spatial Coverage

min long: -89.674; min lat: 34.198 ; max long: -83.099; max lat: 38.24 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Ryan Parish


General Note: Dissertation project which investigated the non-destructive application of chert sourcing using VNIR and FTIR spectroscopy.

Source Collections

McClung Museum, Knoxville, TN Chert Type Collections located at the University of Memphis, Murray State University and The Tennessee Division of Archaeology