Neutron activation analysis of pre-columbian pottery in Venezuela

  • Sajó-Bohus L
  • MacKowiak De Antczak M
  • Kasztovszky Z
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Abstract

Pre-Hispanic pottery figurines from north-central Venezuela islands and mainland were analysed by neutron activation analysis (INAA and PGAA) at the Budapest Research to establish their provenience. In order to classify the samples of figurines, characteristic molecular and atomic components were determined. Several mass ratios were calculated for significant classification of the object of two origins. Results shed light on the origin of island figurines and suggest specific areas of their production on the mainland, contributing to better understanding of late pre-Hispanic migration patterns in the southeastern Caribbean region.

Author-supplied keywords

  • INAA
  • PGAA
  • Pottery
  • Pre-Hispanic figurines
  • Provenance study

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