Geochemical characterization of Lapita pottery via inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS)

D. J. Kennett, A. J. Anderson, M. J. Cruz, G. R. Clark, G. R. Summerhayes

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Abstract

We have obtained high-resolution elemental data on Lapita ceramics (3200-2700 cal year BP) from Fiji, Tonga and New Ireland using chemistry-based inductively coupled plasma-mass specoometry (ICP-MS). These data show clear elemental distinctions between Lapita pottery manufactured in Fiji, Tonga and New Ireland, and demonstrate significant elemental variation in Fijian ceramics collected from settlements in close proximity to one another. Therefore, we anticipate that ICP-MS will become an effective technique for tracking the transfer of Lapita pottery within and between different island groups in Oceania.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-46
Number of pages12
JournalArchaeometry
Volume46
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • History
  • Archaeology

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