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The Applicability of Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS): A Case Study of Sourcing Ceramics in the Northern Mimbres Area

Author(s): Garrett Leitermann

Year: 2017

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Summary

The use of Neutron Activation Analysis (NAA) has been the primary technique for ceramic sourcing studies within archaeology for the last several decades. Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) is an atomic emission spectroscopy technique that provides archaeologists with a time and cost effective alternative to NAA. LIBS has been used by the author on a large sample of corrugated sherds originating from two Classic Mimbres sites within the Gila National Forest of New Mexico in an attempt to explain the presence of a high volume of distinctively Non-Mimbres corrugated wares within the region. More precisely, the author will attempt to use LIBS to test if the significant presence of nonlocal corrugated wares are indicative of high levels of cultural interaction or trade with other cultural groups or if their presence is the result of the adoption or copying of technological and stylistic techniques by local producers. The applicability of LIBS for ceramic sourcing studies will be demonstrated by the results of the author's research.


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The Applicability of Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS): A Case Study of Sourcing Ceramics in the Northern Mimbres Area. Garrett Leitermann. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429426)


Keywords

General
Ceramic Mimbres Sourcing

Geographic Keywords
North America - Southwest


Spatial Coverage

min long: -115.532; min lat: 30.676 ; max long: -102.349; max lat: 42.033 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 17067

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