A pXRF Analysis on18th-Century Colonial Redware

Author(s): Cheryl Frankum

Year: 2017


This portable X-ray fluorescence (pXRF) research addresses questions concerning economic status and procurement strategies through the study of redware ceramics. The use of pXRF is a high-tech, newly emerging analytical technique for archaeologists that provides quantitative data concerning the chemical composition of ceramics. The ceramics were produced by local or regional manufacturers, and this research is a comparative compositional study with collections from several archaeological sites in Westmoreland County and southwestern Pennsylvania. Previous studies using pXRF for ceramic analysis have shown that there is great potential for positive outcomes of reliable data when examining ceramics. Redware was the first pottery produced in Colonial America, and an examination of how it traveled and how consumers chose pieces allow us to better understand human behavior during early frontier development.

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A pXRF Analysis on18th-Century Colonial Redware. Cheryl Frankum. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435588)

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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 640