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Title: Chemical variability in clays and pottery from a traditional cooking pot production village: Testing assumptions in Pereruela
Author: Buxeda i Garrigós, Jaume
Cau Ontiveros, Miguel Ángel
Kilikoglou, V.
Keywords: Química arqueològica
Archaeological chemistry
Issue Date: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University, Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art
Abstract: This paper explores analytically the contemporary pottery-making community of Pereruela (north-west Spain) that produces cooking pots from a mixture of red clay and kaolin. Analyses by different techniques (XRF, NAA, XRD, SEM and petrography) showed an extremely high variability for cooking ware pottery produced in a single production centre, by the same technology and using local clays. The main source of chemical variation is related to the use of different red clays and the presence of non-normally distributed inclusions of monazite. These two factors induce a high chemical variability, not only in the output of a single production centre, but even in the paste of a single pot, to an extent to which chemical compositions from one"workshop", or even one"pot", could be classified as having different provenances. The implications for the chemical characterization and for provenance studies of archaeological ceramics are addressed.
Note: Versió postprint del document publicat a: 10.1111/1475-4754.00093
It is part of: Archaeometry, 2003, vol. 45, p. 1-17
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ISSN: 0003-813X
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