An examination of Recuay kaolin pottery production and exchange through petrography and LA-ICP-MS (100–700 CE; Ancash, Peru)

Grávalos, M. Elizabeth, Bria, Rebecca E. and Lau, George F. ORCID: (2022) An examination of Recuay kaolin pottery production and exchange through petrography and LA-ICP-MS (100–700 CE; Ancash, Peru). Archaeometry, 64 (6). pp. 1340-1358. ISSN 0003-813X

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This article examines the production and exchange of kaolin ceramics among Recuay communities in highland Ancash, Peru (ca. 100–700 ce). We draw upon geochemical (laser ablation–inductively coupled plasma–mass spectrometry; LA-ICP-MS) and petrographic data to investigate raw material use, provenance, and intraregional trade. We present data on 115 decorated and plain ceramics sampled from nine archaeological sites, which we compare with data on raw kaolin clays. The results indicate a complex network of production and exchange, which included: (1) local production near almost all sites; (2) the limited exchange of ceramic vessels; and (3) the possible distribution of kaolin clay from at least two sources.

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Additional Information: This project was generously supported by The National Science Foundation (#1830719; #SBR-9612574); The Wenner-Gren Foundation (#9599; #6066); The Rust Family Foundation (#RFF-2017-43); the FMNH Elemental Analysis Facility (NSF-subsidy); the Negaunee Foundation and a FMNH Postdoctoral Fellowship; The British Academy and AHRC (AH/R013845/1); and the University of Illinois at Chicago (Chancellor’s Graduate Research Award). Analysis was authorized under permits #096-2016/DGM/VMPCIC/MC; 131-2016-VMPCIC-MC; 146-2017/DGPA/VMPCIC/MC; 116-2018-DGPA-VMPCIC/MC; and 154-2018-VMPCIC-MC. We thank the MINCUL and the DDC-Ancash, particularly Marcela Olivas Weston, Eduardo Sante Velásquez, and Dennis Rodríguez Cruz. Immense thanks as well to Stephanie Peña del Castillo, Denisse Herrera Rondan, Laure Dussubieux, Isabelle Druc, Chris Philipp and the FMNH Anthropology Collections team, Steven Wegner, Emily Sharp, the PIAJ-2017 team, and Andy Roddick. Our utmost gratitude to the communities of Chinchayhuasi, Hualcayán, and Jecosh/Poccrac. Finally, thank you to the two anonymous reviewers who provided helpful input on our manuscript.
Uncontrolled Keywords: andes,la-icp-ms,ceramic production,early intermediate period,exchange networks,kaolin,petrography,history,archaeology ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1200/1202
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Area Studies
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Centres > Sainsbury Research Unit for the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Art History and World Art Studies
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 30 May 2022 13:30
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 09:58
DOI: 10.1111/arcm.12782

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