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A new method for the identification of temper in pottery

Author(s): Christian Reepmeyer ; Mathieu Leclerc ; Karen Joyce ; Geoffrey Clark ; Daud A. Tanudirjo

Year: 2017

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This poster presents new research on a novel technique to analyse temper in archaeological ceramics. The outcome of the study was to assess whether petrographic analysis of temper grains can be automated through the combination of mineral mapping and remote sensing. Ten pottery samples were analysed by automated mineral mapping. The output of analysis is an image of mineral distribution, based on 15 micron spot analyses, with a quantification of total abundancies of minerals in the sample. The addition of remote sensing technique allows the processing of the image combining analysis points to grains, which then allows the quantification, as well as the analysis of structural and spatial distribution of temper grains in the sample. Here, I will highlight some challenges encountered throughout the experiment and will propose future directions of this research.

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A new method for the identification of temper in pottery. Christian Reepmeyer, Mathieu Leclerc, Karen Joyce, Geoffrey Clark, Daud A. Tanudirjo. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430411)


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min long: 111.973; min lat: -52.052 ; max long: -87.715; max lat: 53.331 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 15734

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