By David Scott, Pieter Meyers
Archaeometry is the appliance of medical equipment and analyses to the learn of tradition in its archaeological context. Garnered from a convention known as to review the fabric tradition from North and South the United States, the book's twenty essays on a vast variety of matters characterize the whole scope of research during this box. They contain papers via Ron L. Bishop at the compositional research of pre-Columbian pottery from the Maya sector, Heather Lechtman at the fabrics technological know-how of fabric tradition from the Andes, and J. Michael Elam and others on resource identity and hydration relationship of obsidian artifacts
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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.
1 958; Rainey and Ralph 1 966; compare Bishop and Rands 1 982). Shepard (1 966) reacted cautiously to these new developments of paste charac terization. , Shepard 1 939, com ments on Hawley and Hawley 1 938). Based upon her early experience and coupled with her awareness of complexities of a ceramic system, Shepard believed that chemical analysis of ceramic paste was subject to criticism, especially when con ducted "without reference to geological and geochemical conditions" (Shepard 1 965:vii; see also Shepard 1 966; Bennyhoff and Heizer 1 965).
The incense burner stand is not a receptacle for an offering but rather serves to receive a conical-shaped vessel that is used as the burner. The stands are iconograph ically elaborate, frequently adorned with symbols associated with the sun god or jaguar deity. Figurines, although a single form class, actually represent several differ ent modes of production: mold-made figurines, mold-made and hand-modeled fig urines, and hand-made figurines. All of these types of figurines are represented in the "local" Palenque compositional profiles and while not all of the figurines recov ered in the survey area are attributed to Palenque manufacture, the number of fig urines that are attests strongly to the ritualistic character of Palenque production.
Archaeometry of Pre-Columbian Sites and Artifacts by David Scott, Pieter Meyers