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By David Scott, Pieter Meyers

ISBN-10: 0892362499

ISBN-13: 9780892362493

Archaeometry is the applying of clinical tools and analyses to the research of tradition in its archaeological context. Garnered from a convention known as to check the fabric tradition from North and South the US, the book's twenty essays on a vast variety of topics signify the whole scope of research during this box. They contain papers by way of Ron L. Bishop at the compositional research of pre-Columbian pottery from the Maya area, Heather Lechtman at the fabrics technology of fabric tradition from the Andes, and J. Michael Elam and others on resource id and hydration courting of obsidian artifacts

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2 Minimally, the proposition of one or many production centers could be evaluated. A more important component, however, was the attempt to ascertain the loci of ceramic production and the pattern of ceramic dispersal among producing and con­ suming sites. With a sufficiently thorough regional characterization of the central Maya lowlands, a compositionally based investigation could attribute the composi­ tional profiles for the iconographically and epigraphically elaborate but nonprove­ nienced specimens to a highly delimited production source area, or possibly, site.

It is a sad fact that Maya pottery sufficiently intact to study for its now recognized thematic and epigraphic value is known largely from collections of specimens that have been looted from their archaeological site and sold on an eco­ nomically fed art market. , Quirarte 1 979). 2 Minimally, the proposition of one or many production centers could be evaluated. A more important component, however, was the attempt to ascertain the loci of ceramic production and the pattern of ceramic dispersal among producing and con­ suming sites.

Fully within the red-brown, sand-tempered paste tradition, the wide everted-rim plate occurs principally at Palenque with lesser occurrence at sites to the west along the Rio Michol (Fig. 8) (Rands 1 974:63). The presence of this distinctive plate and FIGURE I la,h. Illustrations of other Palenque-like pottery at the western sites of El Retiro, Miraflores, and Las (a) wide everted-rim tripod plate, Colmenas offers a special opportunity to investigate aspects of Palenque's relation­ red-black-orange, Otolum ship to the smaller centers.

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