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Not sourcing: prospecting for Khitan/Liao ceramic production locales through the geochemical and mineralogical characterization of Khitan/Liao ceramic assemblages

Author(s): Callan Ross-Sheppard

Year: 2017

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Often the use of geochemical and mineralogical techniques to characterize archaeological ceramics is performed with the underlying idea that the goal of the enterprise will be the sourcing of the ceramics to their production locales. However, in many situations this goal may not be achievable due to such factors as a lack of variability in regional geologies or a lack of information on the scale, type and location of ceramic production. This paper looks at one such case from the Chifeng Region, Inner Mongolia, where the sourcing of Khitan/Liao (907-1125 CE) earthenware ceramic assemblages is not possible due to a lack of basic information on ceramic production. Instead ceramic mineralogical and geochemical data, attained by portable x-ray fluorescence spectrometry and optical petrography, is used to narrow down the possible locations of Kitan/Liao ceramic production sites. This approach reverses the goal of characterization away from assigning a ceramic to a production locale and instead uses mineralogical and geochemical data to prospect for possible production locales as well as to provide some comment on the variety and scale of ceramic production within the Chifeng region.


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Not sourcing: prospecting for Khitan/Liao ceramic production locales through the geochemical and mineralogical characterization of Khitan/Liao ceramic assemblages. Callan Ross-Sheppard. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431716)


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min long: 66.885; min lat: -8.928 ; max long: 147.568; max lat: 54.059 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 15592

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