Characterization and Provenance of Raw Materials for the Production of Prehispanic Pottery in Quebrada de Humahuaca (Jujuy Province, Argentina): XRF, ICP and Ceramic Petrography
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Nicolás E. Larcher, Clarisa Otero, M. Beatriz Cremonte • español
Abstract. This article presents a new archaeometric investigation of prehispanic pottery from Quebrada de Humahuaca, a valley in the northwesternmost region of Argentina. We assayed 72 samples from pottery and clays using X-RF and ICP in three different laboratories. Data integration and statistical processing allowed us to identify 4 groups with defined chemical signatures. Ceramic petrology provided additional information that helped us to corroborate the coherence of the clustering. The results enabled us to correlate clays with pottery, to establish chemical differences between the clays and pottery of two areas of Quebrada de Humahuaca that have been investigated archaeologically, and to identify possible evidence of social interaction.
Keywords: Prehispanic pottery, Quebrada de Humahuaca, Jujuy, XRF, ICP, Ceramic petrography.
Larcher, N. E., C. Otero, M. B. Cremonte. 2016.
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Publication date: 7 March 2016.
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