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Possible obsidian sources for artifacts from Timor: narrowing the options using chemical data

Ambrose, Wallace; Allen, Charlotte M; O'Connor, Susan; Spriggs, Matthew; Oliveira, Nuno; Reepmeyer, Christian


Measurements made at the Australian National University using laser ablation ICPMS show that none of the 88 analyzed obsidian artifacts from East Timor match either the known Papua New Guinea or the five Island SE Asian source samples in our ANU collections. There is a coastal journey of more than 3000 km between the occurrence of obsidians from the Bismarck Archipelago volcanic province of Papua New Guinea and the Sunda-Banda Arc volcanic chain, yet obsidian artifacts from the two important...[Show more]

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Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Archaeological Science
DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2008.09.022


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