Characterization of ceramics of the Lima Culture – The Villa El Salvador site


Ceramic samples from the Villa El Salvador site (Early Intermediate Period, 100 BC – 100 AD), located at the Central Coast of Peru, have been analyzed. The goal is the study of production techniques and interchange patterns. The techniques of neutron activation analysis, energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence (EDXRF) and Mössbauer spectroscopy were applied to characterize the ceramic samples. Multielemental composition techniques and multivariable analysis allow us the identification of group clusters. The application of the non-destructive technique of EDXRF to a group of whole vessels has allowed us to determine their multielemental composition; these results were compared with those obtained from the ceramic sherds. We present the results obtained at MURR Archaeometry Laboratory, which were compared with those obtained at the Peruvian Nuclear Energy Institute (IPEN) and at the San Marcos University Archaeometry Laboratory. The goal was to establish a collaborative program among these laboratories. The data obtained allow discussing about pottery production with provenance data involving local and non local production, and vessel exchange at a regional level.

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Characterization of ceramics of the Lima Culture – The Villa El Salvador site. Mercedes Delgado, Paula Olivera, Eduardo Montoya, Jorge Bravo, Miriam Mejia. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 402901)

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