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Inferences about Prehistoric Ceramics and People in Southeast Missouri: Results of Ceramic Compositional Analysis

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  20 January 2017

Mark J. Lynott
Affiliation:
Midwest Archeological Center, National Park Service, Lincoln, NE 68508
Hector Neff
Affiliation:
Missouri University Research Reactor, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211
James E. Price
Affiliation:
American Archaeology Division, Southeast Missouri Field Station, University of Missouri, Naylor, MO 63953
James W. Cogswell
Affiliation:
Missouri University Research Reactor, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211
Michael D. Glascock
Affiliation:
Missouri University Research Reactor, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211

Abstract

Ceramic compositional studies using Instrument Neutron Activation Analysis indicates that it is possible to distinguish between ceramics manufactured from clays originating in the Central Mississippi River valley and clays originating in the Eastern Ozarks. The study also documents that shell-tempered ceramics were being made from Eastern Ozark clays during the period A.D. 700 to A.D. 1000. Shell-tempered ceramics made from clays originating in the Western Lowlands also are found at sites in the Eastern Ozarks during this time period, providing evidence for interaction between the Eastern Ozarks and Central Mississippi River valley.

Resumen

Resumen

Estudios de composición de pastas cerámicas por activación neutrónica indican que esposible distinguir entre la cerámica hecha con arcillas del valle central del Rio Misisipí y aquélla producida con areillas de los Ozarks orientales. El estudio también documenta que cerámica temperada con concha mollida fue hecha con arcillas de los Ozarks orientates entre 700y 1000 años d.C. Cerámica con concha molida producida con arcillas de las Tierras Bajas Occidentales durante el mismo período se encuentra en sitios en los Ozarks orientates, indicando que existió interacción entre esta región y el valle central del Río Misisipí.

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