Geochemical Evidence for Long-Distance Exchange

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Studies of prehistoric exchange of goods provide information about the types of economic interaction, social organization, or political structures in which prehistoric peoples were engaged. Long-distance exchange is a special situation where the materials exchanged crossed significant boundaries, whether they were geographic, social, political, or otherwise. By examining the types and quantities of goods exchanged, along with the directions and distances they moved, archaeologists are able to examine the dynamic properties of exchange systems, i.e., how they operate and why they undergo change.

The purpose of this volume is to present a number of case studies of long-distance exchange from around the world which demonstrate the use of geochemical analysis of artifacts to find evidence of exchange. More important than the use of analytical technique employed or the types of artifacts studied are the interpretations themselves which illustrate that exchange studies are maturing and helping archaeologists to develop more accurate models of exchange.

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MICHAEL D. GLASCOCK, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Scientist and Group Leader at the University of Missouri Research Reactor Center.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Geochemical Evidence for Long-Distance Exchange 1
2 Indigena Ware: Spain to Valley of Mexico 13
3 The Emergence of Market Economies in the Ancient Maya World: Obsidian Exchange in Terminal Classic Yucatan, Mexico 33
4 More than Exchange: Pre-Ceramic through Ceramic Period Obsidian Studies in the Greater North American Southwest 53
5 Archaeological Evidence for the Long-Distance Exchange of Caddo Indian Ceramics in the Southern Plains, Midwest, and Southestern United States 89
6 Production and Long-Distance Movement of Chupadero Black-on-White Pottery in New Mexico and Texas 109
7 Exploring the Landscapes of Long-Distance Exchange: Evidence from Obsidian Cliffs and Devils Tower, Wyoming 133
8 From Loess Plains to High Plains: The Westward Movement of Upper Republican Pots 153
9 Long-Distance Obsidian Traffic in Northwestern Argentina 167
10 A Geochemical Vector for Trade: Cyprus, Asia Minor, and the Roman East 205
11 XRF Analysis of Pottery from Mutokolwe, a Khami Settlement from the Soutpansberg Mountains, South Africa 215
12 Yapese Prestige Goods: The INAA Evidence for an Asian Dragon Jar 229
13 Centrality and the Collapse of Long-Distance Voyaging in East Polynesia 257
Index 275
About the Editor and Contributors 279
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