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Provenance Analysis of Pottery Sherds from an Early-19th Century Milling Village in Northeast Pennsylvania

Author(s): Danielle Cannon ; Carly Plesic ; Khori Newlander

Year: 2017

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Summary

As a cost-effective and non-destructive method for multi-element analysis, portable X-ray fluorescence spectrometry (pXRF) has the potential for broad archaeological application. Here, we employ pXRF for the compositional analysis of pottery sherds collected from Stoddartsville, an early-19th century milling village built along the upper Lehigh River in northeast Pennsylvania. Our analysis demonstrates that we can use compositional data to source pottery sherds to regional potteries, documenting the links developed between Stoddartsville and the surrounding region as the village grew into a short-lived center of trade and industry. At a more general level, our study demonstrates the potential for historical archaeologists to use compositional data, even in the absence of makers’ marks, to source historic artifacts and, in turn, develop insights into regional economies.


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Provenance Analysis of Pottery Sherds from an Early-19th Century Milling Village in Northeast Pennsylvania. Danielle Cannon, Carly Plesic, Khori Newlander. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 428888)


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min long: -84.067; min lat: 36.031 ; max long: -72.026; max lat: 43.325 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 16080

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