Ceramics from Q’umarkaj: Heritage Collection and Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis

Author(s): Eugenia Robinson; Ron Bishop

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "Art, Archaeology, and Science: Investigations in the Guatemala Highlands" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

Research on the ceramic collections from Q’umarkaj housed at the Middle American Research Institute, Tulane University, provides an opportunity to apply Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis to pottery from the site. This research has the potential to delimit areas of ceramic production and trade in the Terminal Classic - Late Postclassic periods of this famous capital in the K’iche’ area. This paper will review the results of INAA on a sample of 82 monochrome domestic wares, censers and bichrome ceramics representing 9 types identified by John Weeks at Chisalin. Study of the elite pottery published by John W. Fox et al. in 1992 from a central sector of the site, has started with INAA analysis of a single Tohil-like vessel whose chemistry does not match the Soconusco region. Museum research at the National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology in Guatemala has found almost all of the vessels from the cache of broken vessels from Q’umarkaj. Eventually research will evaluate the Fox thesis that these vessels date to an Epiclassic-Early Postclassic migratory period tied to the founding of Q’umarkaj and the identification and iconography of the vessels.

Cite this Record

Ceramics from Q’umarkaj: Heritage Collection and Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis. Eugenia Robinson, Ron Bishop. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 451207)

Spatial Coverage

min long: -94.197; min lat: 14.009 ; max long: -87.737; max lat: 18.021 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 23137