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Archaeometry of Pre-Columbian Sites and Artifacts

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Archaeometry is the application of scientific methods and analyses to the study of culture in its archaeological context. Garnered from a conference called to study the material culture from North and South America, the book's twenty essays on a broad range of subjects represent the full scope of study in this field. They include papers by Ron L. Bishop on the compositional analysis of pre-Columbian pottery from the Maya region, Heather Lechtman on the materials science of material culture from the Andes, and J....
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Archaeometry is the application of scientific methods and analyses to the study of culture in its archaeological context. Garnered from a conference called to study the material culture from North and South America, the book's twenty essays on a broad range of subjects represent the full scope of study in this field. They include papers by Ron L. Bishop on the compositional analysis of pre-Columbian pottery from the Maya region, Heather Lechtman on the materials science of material culture from the Andes, and J. Michael Elam and others on source identification and hydration dating of obsidian artifacts.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
The Materials Science of Material Culture: Examples from the Andean Past 3
Pre-Columbian Pottery: Research in the Maya Region 15
Kiln Firing at Batan Grande: Today and in Formative Times 67
Ceramics Among the Hohokam: Modeling Social Organization and Exchange 85
New World Obsidian: Recent Investigations 113
Obsidian Artifacts from Oaxaca, Mexico: Source Identification and Hydration Dating 135
Obsidian from Pueblo Grande, Arizona: Modeling Social and Economic Patterns in Lithic Procurement 161
Beads from Sipan: A Functional Analysis 175
Silver and Lead in the Late Prehistory of the Mantaro Valley, Peru 183
Pre-Hispanic Copper Alloy Production at Batan Grande, Peru: Interpretation of the Analytical Data for Ore Samples 199
Native Copper Technology and Society in Eastern North America 229
Chemical Seriation of Northeastern North American Archaeological Sites Using Copper Artifacts 255
Pre-Columbian Gold Processing at Putushio, South Ecuador: The Archaeometallurgical Evidence 267
Pre-Hispanic Platinum Alloys: Their Composition and Use in Ecuador and Colombia 285
Pre-Hispanic Goldwork from the Museo de America, Madrid: A New Set of Analyses 323
A Methodology for the Study of Buried Archaeological Sites 353
Exceptional Molecular Preservation in the Fossil Record: The Archaeological, Conservation, and Scientific Challenge 367
Stratigraphic Dating and Cultural Sequences of Pre-Hispanic Northern South America 381
Coloration in Etowah Textiles from Burial No 57 395
Radiocarbon Dates of Teponaztlis from Mexico 419
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