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Results of a new method for characterizing Casas Grandes polychromes

Author(s): Emma Britton ; George Gehrels ; Mark Pecha

Year: 2017

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Through time, the analyses of archaeological ceramics have produced a diverse number of characterization techniques. These various techniques have allowed us to create multiple understandings of style, production, and exchange patterns, building a formidable toolkit that is able to speak to many aspects of human behavior. However, though our standard set of techniques is imposing and productive, they may not automatically produce data sets that naturally lead to concrete patterns and natural interpretations. For example, typically-used techniques that have successfully characterized polychromes in the American Southwest, NAA and petrography, have not lead my dissertation work with Chihuahuan polychromes to clear or concrete understandings of the production and exchange of these vessels in the Casas Grandes region. This is not to say that either technique has been not-useful in exploring potential patterns. Rather, a combination of cultural choice and natural environment has colluded in making these standard methods less-appropriate techniques for this area. In response to these conditions, I will discuss the results of a pilot study of 18 Ramos and Babicora polychromes, from across the region, using a relatively new mode of analysis, capitalizing on zircons, that could address regional issues in characterizing the ceramics of Northwest Mexico.

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Results of a new method for characterizing Casas Grandes polychromes. Emma Britton, George Gehrels, Mark Pecha. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 432058)


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

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Abstract Id(s): 16044

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