Chemical, technological, and social aspects of pottery manufacture in the La Quemada region of Northwest Mexico

E. Christian Wells, Ben Nelson

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Using scanning electron microprobe analysis and simple refiring experiments, this study reconstructs the operational sequence of production and decoration of incised-engraved pottery sherds from the prehispanic site of La Quemada, Zacatecas, Mexico. The results of these analyses suggest that certain steps in the firing and decorative processes were manipulated by local producers over time, which resulted in some of the conditions conducive to craft specialization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-198
Number of pages14
JournalACS Symposium Series
StatePublished - Dec 1 2002


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  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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