Chemical assays of temper and clay: Modelling pottery production and exchange in the uplands north of the Phoenix Basin, Arizona, USA

David Abbott, Andrew D. Lack, Gordon Moore

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Abstract

A lack of mineralogical variation characterizes the prehistoric pottery in the uplands of central Arizona. Virtually all of the ceramics in that region were tempered with phyllite, which has previously precluded provenance analyses and the investigation of pottery production and distribution in the upland zone. As shown with assays with an electron microprobe, however, both the clay fraction and the temper fragments are chemically diverse and geographically distinct, allowing many of the phyllite-tempered wares to be sourced, thereby leading to models about the organization of ceramic production and exchange in the upland zone north of the Phoenix Basin.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)48-66
Number of pages19
JournalArchaeometry
Volume50
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2008

Keywords

  • Arizona
  • Ceramic provenance
  • Electron microprobe
  • Hohokam
  • Northern upland zone
  • Phyllite

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Archaeology

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