Comparison of Slip Colors from Andean Styles

Author(s): Emilee Witte; Emily Schach; Donna Nash

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "Exploring Culture Contact and Diversity in Southern Peru" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

Rescue excavations conducted at the Terminal Terrestre site in Moquegua, Peru recovered a diverse

collection of complete ceramic vessels representing several styles dating to Terminal Middle Horizon

(900-1100 CE), Late Intermediate period (1100-1400 CE), and Late Horizon (1400-1532 CE). Through the

use of portable X-Ray Fluorescence (pXRF), over sixty vessels of the Chiribaya, San Miguel, and Inka

styles were examined for differences in paste, slip, and pigment chemical compositions. The sample

features vessels that use diverse colors, distinctive motifs, and difference production technologies.

Pottery from the Terminal Terrestre were compared to examples from Cerro Baúl and Cerro Mejía. The

focus of the analysis is to determine if the use of pigments as slip colorants changed overtime and were

more restricted with the local Chiribaya and San Miguel versus the imperial styles of the Wari and Inka.

Cite this Record

Comparison of Slip Colors from Andean Styles. Emilee Witte, Emily Schach, Donna Nash. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 451893)

Spatial Coverage

min long: -82.441; min lat: -56.17 ; max long: -64.863; max lat: 16.636 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 24346