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A compositional signature of multi-craft production?: Food vessels from Great Plaza of Huacas de Sican

Author(s): Go Matsumoto

Year: 2016

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This paper discusses the results of a recent compositional analysis by INAA of 225 samples of ceramics sherds excavated from the Great Plaza of Huacas de Sicán. The analysis revealed a limited number (3) of compositional groups and a high rate of arsenic and uranium in one group. The author argues that the high rate of arsenic indicates the side-by-side production of arsenical copper and ceramic vessels and that the vessels used at the Great Plaza were produced at the regional ceramic workshop of Huaca Sialupe in the Lower Lambayeque Valley, known for its multi-craft production of metals and ceramics.


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A compositional signature of multi-craft production?: Food vessels from Great Plaza of Huacas de Sican. Go Matsumoto. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 402892)


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South America


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min long: -93.691; min lat: -56.945 ; max long: -31.113; max lat: 18.48 ;

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