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Paper Title: CHEMICAL ANALYSIS OF POTTERY AND FIGURINES FROM TRES ZAPOTES: IMPLICATIONS FOR RESOURCE EXPLOITATION AND EXCHANGE IN THE FORMATIVE AND CLASSIC PERIODS.
Author: CHRISTOPHER POOL (University of Kentucky), ERIN SEARS (University of Kentucky), M. JAMES BLACKMAN, RONALD BISHOP (Smithsonian Institution)   
Date/Time: Thu., 2:15 PM
Co-Author(s): CHRISTOPHER POOL (University of Kentucky), ERIN SEARS (University of Kentucky), M. JAMES BLACKMAN, RONALD BISHOP (Smithsonian Institution) 
Abstract: Previous studies have documented variation in chemical composition for Classic period pottery produced in different resource zones in the Tuxtlas Mountains of southern Veracruz, Mexico. By comparison, recent, highly publicized studies of Formative period ceramic exchange in Mesoamerica have given little attention to intraregional variability in chemical composition within the southern Gulf lowlands. In this paper we present the results of instrumental neutron activation analysis of over 200 ceramic vessel and figurine specimens from Formative and Classic period contexts at Tres Zapotes. The results highlight patterned geographical variation in ceramic compositions and local production of pottery, including vessels decorated with Early Formative carved-incised motifs, while also suggesting mutual Formative period exchange between Tres Zapotes and the Coatzacoalcos and Tonalá basins and Classic period acquisition of fine-paste pottery from the central Tuxtlas. We employ an analytical framework grounded in holistic ceramic ecology to discuss the implications of these results for interpreting changing patterns of resource exploitation and exchange within and beyond the southern Gulf lowlands.

Program Number: 2-0840
Session Title: CERAMIC ECOLOGY XXIV: CURRENT RESEARCH ON CERAMICS 2010
Session Sponsor: Archaeology Division
Session Date/Time: Thu., 1:45 PM-5:30 PM
Organizer(s): CHARLES KOLB (National Endowment for the Humanities) 
Chair(s): CHARLES KOLB (National Endowment for the Humanities)  
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