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Ceramics of the Indigenous Cultures of South America

Studies of Production and Exchange through Compositional Analysis
Edited by Michael D. GlascockHector NeffKevin J. Vaughn



Ceramics are one of the most abundant types of archaeological artifacts, and they provide excellent clues into past human societies. For example, the physical and chemical analysis of ceramic pastes and surfaces has been used to shed light on questions about ancient human behaviors including craft and ritual production, cultural change, technological traditions, social identity, political control, and interaction/exchange. This cohesive edited volume showcases data collected from more than seven thousand ceramic artifacts including pottery, figurines, clay pipes, and other objects from sites across South America. Covering a time span from 900 BC to AD 1500, the essays by leading archaeologists working in South America illustrate the diversity of ceramic provenance investigations taking place in seven different countries. An introductory chapter provides a background for interpreting compositional data, and a final chapter offers a review of the individual projects. Students, scholars, and researchers involved in the archaeological study of the interactions between the indigenous peoples of South America and of their ceramics will find this volume an invaluable reference.

Contributor Bios
Michael D. Glascock is a research professor at the University of Missouri–Columbia’s MU-Research Reactor. He is the coeditor of Archaeological Chemistry: Analytical Techniques and Archaeological Interpretation.
Hector Neff is a professor of anthropology at California State University, Long Beach. He is the coeditor of Laser Ablation-ICP-MS in Archaeological Research (UNM Press).
Kevin J. Vaughn is the dean of UCR Extension and is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of California, Riverside. He is the author of The Ancient Andean Village: Marcaya in Prehispanic Nasca.