Archaeometry of Pre-Columbian Sites and Artifacts (Getty by David Scott, Pieter Meyers

By David Scott, Pieter Meyers

Archaeometry is the applying of medical equipment and analyses to the research of tradition in its archaeological context. Garnered from a convention referred to as to review the fabric tradition from North and South the United States, the book's twenty essays on a vast diversity of matters signify the whole scope of research during this box. They comprise papers by means of Ron L. Bishop at the compositional research of pre-Columbian pottery from the Maya area, Heather Lechtman at the fabrics technological know-how 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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Scene depicts one of the paddler twins in a canoe conveying a soul to the underworld. teenth-century Maya book from the Guatemalan highlands, the Papal Vuh. While not discounting the possibility that some of the scenes might relate to historical events, similar to those demonstrated for carved Maya monuments (Proskouriakoff 1 960, 1 963, 1 964), Michael Coe ( 1 978) interpreted the vessels as instruments to pre­ pare the dead for their journey into a world metaphorically depicted as one of ritual and dread expectation.

This environment of the Low Sierra contains ceramic resources derived from the weath­ ering of Miocene and Pliocene sandstones. The non plastic inclusions of the pastes tend to be relatively abundant and angular and, under partial oxidization, the pottery often has a reddish-brown color. ) North of the sierra lie the Plains, a heavily weathered Pleistocene terrace. In contrast to Low Sierra pottery, ceramics produced from resources in the Plains are more yellow-brown in color and consist of extensively 27 B I S H OP weathered inclusions in lesser quantity.

In pursuing these goals, the project would provide data, if indirectly, pertaining to organizational aspects of ceramic production as mediated by elite consumptive patterns. Even in the absence of attribution, the potential of evaluating the compositional cohesion, or lack of it, among members of stylistically defined groups informs on the existence of workshops and, potentially, individual painting styles. The Maya Ceramics Project began in 1 978, supplementing the Palenque region program of analysis by investigating excavated Late Classic pottery from various sites that was curated at the Peabody Museum.

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