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Ceramic petrography and cultural interaction in Palau, Micronesia

Fitzpatrick, Scott; Dickinson, William; Clark, Geoffrey

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Because of their durability and widespread use, ceramics in the Pacific are important artifacts for examining patterns of prehistoric subsistence, settlement, and societal interaction. Numerous studies demonstrate that petrographic analysis of prehistoric pottery in western Oceania can differentiate temper sands and other mineral constituents unique to geotectonically different islands. However, a detailed study of tempering agents has not been attempted for ceramic assemblages in Palau,...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorFitzpatrick, Scott
dc.contributor.authorDickinson, William
dc.contributor.authorClark, Geoffrey
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-13T22:34:35Z
dc.identifier.issn0305-4403
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/76194
dc.description.abstractBecause of their durability and widespread use, ceramics in the Pacific are important artifacts for examining patterns of prehistoric subsistence, settlement, and societal interaction. Numerous studies demonstrate that petrographic analysis of prehistoric pottery in western Oceania can differentiate temper sands and other mineral constituents unique to geotectonically different islands. However, a detailed study of tempering agents has not been attempted for ceramic assemblages in Palau, Western Caroline Islands, Micronesia. We present the first major synthesis of Palauan ceramic petrography and petrological classification. The analysis of several sherd suites recovered from both the volcanic and limestone islands in the archipelago and other nearby western Micronesian atolls suggest that pottery was locally made, manufactured using primarily grog or composite (mixed-grog sand) tempers, and transported to smaller islands within and outside of the Palauan archipelago. The research has implications for determining raw material acquisition by ancient Palauan potters and is a critical step for developing regional models of intra- and inter-island exchange and interaction.
dc.publisherElsevier
dc.sourceJournal of Archaeological Science
dc.subjectKeywords: ceramics; cultural history; petrography; social history Ceramics; Interaction; Micronesia; Palau; Petrography; Temper
dc.titleCeramic petrography and cultural interaction in Palau, Micronesia
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.description.refereedYes
local.identifier.citationvolume30
dc.date.issued2003
local.identifier.absfor210102 - Archaeological Science
local.identifier.ariespublicationMigratedxPub5056
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationFitzpatrick, Scott, University of Oregon
local.contributor.affiliationDickinson, William, University of Arizona
local.contributor.affiliationClark, Geoffrey, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue9
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage1175
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage1184
local.identifier.doi10.1016/S0305-4403(03)00014-1
dc.date.updated2015-12-11T09:22:19Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-0042065355
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