Copper On The Borderlands Of New Spain...It's Complicated


This is an abstract from the "Meaning in Material Culture" session, at the 2019 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology.

Copper vessels are an understudied artifact category for students of the Spanish colonial experience.  At the 2018, SHA New Orleans meeting the promise and problems associated with the analysis of copper vessels was discussed.  This included forms, uses, nomenclature, and fabrication. In that presentation, copper vessels from the Southeast U.S. and Texas were discussed.  During 2018, the project expanded to New Mexico and California.  More than a dozen standardized forms were identified representing communal and personal uses. During 2018 more than 100 vessels were analyzed with a Bruker Tracer IV portable X-ray Fluorescence unit.  Preliminary results of this on-going project  are presented.

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Copper On The Borderlands Of New Spain...It's Complicated. Russell K Skowronek, Richard E Johnson, James R. Hinthorne. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, St. Charles, MO. 2019 ( tDAR id: 449155)

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Copper pXRF Spanish

Geographic Keywords
United States of America

Temporal Keywords
16th -19th century

Spatial Coverage

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

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 468