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Porcelain, Kilns, and Chiefs: LA-ICP-MS Analysis of Sherds in the Pre-Colonial Philippines and Southern China

Author(s): Rory Dennison

Year: 2015

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This research examines issues of production and distribution of Chinese porcelains in the Song, Yuan, and Ming dynasties by comparing chemical signatures of porcelain sherds and clay collected from sites in Fujian, China both to each other and to sites of dispersal within Philippine chiefdoms in Tanjay, Cebu, and Manila. This research examines how patterns of long distance trade were negotiated within the Philippines at one end of the network and the variations in production strategies, distribution, and sources within Fujian kiln sites at the other. Chemical signatures, through the use of Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) is used to distinguish patterns, examine ceramic homogeneity across the sites and regions, and begin to suggest porcelains kiln sites as sources of production within the network. This focus across various scales, and at both ends of this trade connection, allows for the examination of not just centers but also interior or ‘periphery’ groups which were likewise connected and interlinked into this porcelain exchange network.

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Porcelain, Kilns, and Chiefs: LA-ICP-MS Analysis of Sherds in the Pre-Colonial Philippines and Southern China. Rory Dennison. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397644)


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East/Southeast Asia

Spatial Coverage

min long: 66.885; min lat: -8.928 ; max long: 147.568; max lat: 54.059 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America