The Complement of Geochemical Soil Data to Artifact Patterns in the Study of Craft Production: A Case Study from Cancuen, Guatemala
This paper will discuss the various activities that took place on the exterior stone patio floor of the M6-12 domestic structure at Cancuen, Guatemala, and compare it to previously published findings of the M10-4 and M10-7 structures. These structures typically have a low investment in construction and appear to be non-elite in status, characterized by earthen mounds surrounded by limestone flagstone floors and perishable superstructures. These surfaces often appear to be communal activity areas where multicrafting took place. These activities included large-scale lithic production, including jade and pyrite, subsistence activities, and other types of craft production, some of which are highly visible. Geochemical ICP-MS analysis of soils can help to present a clearer and more holistic picture of the spatial patterning of these activities and the nature of economic structures that may not be readily visible to the naked eye.
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The Complement of Geochemical Soil Data to Artifact Patterns in the Study of Craft Production: A Case Study from Cancuen, Guatemala. Brigitte Kovacevich, Duncan Cook, Michael Callaghan, Dawn Crawford. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431307)
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