Incipient archaeometry in Venezuela: Provenance study of pre-Hispanic pottery figurines

L. Sajo Bohus, Ma M. Mackowiak De Antczak, E. D. Greaves, A. Antczak, J. Bermudez, Zs Kasztovszky, T. Poirier, A. Simonits

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Application of different analytical techniques contributed with new results to the interpretation and the provenance study of Venezuelan figurines dating from the 12th and 15th centuries. Elements in bulk samples, powdered samples of figurines and soil were determined using total reflection X-ray fluorescence (TXRF), instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) and prompt gamma activation analysis (PGAA). Results and ceramics macroscopic observations indicate that average elemental composition of the figurines from the mainland significantly differ from those encountered on the Caribbean islands. The multidisciplinary experience de facto formed a group dedicated to archaeometry and provided data for provenance study of pre-Hispanic pottery figurines.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-256
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Pollution
  • Spectroscopy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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