Chert Spectral Database


The spreadsheet consists of three booklets. The first reports all visible/near-infrared spectra recorded on all 1,050 chert samples analyzed in the project. The second reports all middle-infrared reflectance spectra recorded for the 1,050 chert samples. The third booklet reports both visible/near-infrared and middle-infrared spectra non-destructively recorded upon 30 Mississippian sword-form biface artifacts. Rows represent an individual sample/artifact while columns are the wavelength position in nanometers along the electromagnetic spectrum. An individual cell is the reflectance intensity value (in relative % units) for the particular sample/artifact at a particular wavelength position.

Cite this Record

Chert Spectral Database. Ryan Parish. Memphis, TN: Earth Science Department, University of Memphis. 2013 ( tDAR id: 391232) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8MG7QCF

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

File Information

  Name Size Creation Date Date Uploaded Access
chert-spectral-database.xlsx 41.79mb Jun 21, 2013 10:58:03 AM Public