Ceramic Analysis to Determine External Cultural Influences on the Caleta Vitor Population of Northern Chile
04th December 2013
This PhD research aims to further understand the development and extent of external cultural influences on the Caleta Vitor population through a technological and provenancing analysis of the ceramic record. This research will span the Formative (4000 BP) to Late Periods (476 BP). An assessment of the compositional variation of ceramics from the archaeological site of Caleta Vitor will be undertaken to further explore these issues. Understanding the elemental and mineralogical composition of these ceramic samples will allow for investigations into changes in technological procedures and differentiating source locations, which thereby allows for inferences to be made about trade, and technological practices over time. Additionally, a standard typological assessment of the same ceramics will be recorded to identify vessel types which will assist with interpretations about site function and identify local vs. introduced vessels thus allowing inferences about cultural influence to also be made. These results will then be compared to the provenancing analyses to determine the accuracy of the traditional approach at identifying local vs introduced ceramics. Using both scientific and standard approaches simultaneously on the same ceramic samples will allow a broader understanding and independent cross checking of the ceramic record at Caleta Vitor.
Citation for this poster:
Bland, C. 2013 Ceramic Analysis to Determine External Cultural Influences on the Caleta Vitor Population of Northern Chile. Poster presented at the AAA Annual Conference, 2-4 December, Coffs Harbour.
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