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The INAA Analysis of Pottery from Machu Picchu: An Initial Assessment

Author(s): Lucy Salazar ; Richard Burger ; Michael Glascock

Year: 2016

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This paper presents the results of INAA analysis of pottery recovered at Machu Picchu by the 1912 Yale Peruvian Scientific Expedition directed by Hiram Bingham III. Samples of ceramics representing the full range of forms and from a diversity of sectors at the site were studied in the Archaeometry Lab at the Universty of Missouri Research Reactor (MURR) and compared with coeval Inca pottery from other sites in the Urubamba Valley and from the Cuzco Basin. The study considers whether the Machu Picchu ceramics were produced locally or brought from the capital and whether there is evidence for long-distance imports of pottery.

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The INAA Analysis of Pottery from Machu Picchu: An Initial Assessment. Lucy Salazar, Richard Burger, Michael Glascock. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 402898)


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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