By David Scott, Pieter Meyers

Archaeometry is the appliance of clinical tools and analyses to the examine of tradition in its archaeological context. Garnered from a convention referred to as to review the cloth tradition from North and South the US, the book's twenty essays on a vast diversity of topics characterize the complete scope of analysis during this box. They contain papers via Ron L. Bishop at the compositional research of pre-Columbian pottery from the Maya area, Heather Lechtman at the fabrics technology of fabric tradition from the Andes, and J. Michael Elam and others on resource id and hydration courting of obsidian artifacts

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The presence of this distinctive plate and FIGURE I la,h. Illustrations of other Palenque-like pottery at the western sites of El Retiro, Miraflores, and Las (a) wide everted-rim tripod plate, Colmenas offers a special opportunity to investigate aspects of Palenque's relation­ red-black-orange, Otolum ship to the smaller centers. A previous observation based on neutron activation data was that the western ceramic complex, Palenque; and (b) short (stubby) vertical-neck sites produced the Otolum everted-rim plate locally as well as importing it from globular jars with thickened rims, Palenque (Bishop 1 975).

Area of the Palenque survey is shown in large shaded area. ,-- - _. A T E M A L A' _- �:" , ; ' - '. \\. _•/�. • G U km I7 E L S A L\! , Rands 1 952). Today, the ancient Maya are viewed as human, seeking political advantage through trade and warfare, propitiation before the gods through bloodletting and human sacrifice, and even having a high time through rectal injec­ tions of fermented beverages. The Maya area is divided physiographically into the northern and southern lowlands, Guatemalan highlands, and Pacific coastal plain.

1, 8). In the Late Classic period (approximately neutron activation data. (For gen­ 600-850 eral discussion of the project, see religious and economic dominance over smaller neighboring sites. The region of Neff et al. 1 992; Bove et al. E ) Palenque was a major civic-ceremonial center that held a position of and includes thirty-three sites of varying topographic setting, size, and duration. Although some sites are up to 70 km distant from Palenque, the main focus of research is a hypothesized "sustaining" area of greatest site density within a 20-30 km radius.

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