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Title: Melting Moments: Modelling archaeological high temperature ceramic data
Contributor(s): Grave, Peter  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2009
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Abstract: A fundamental concept in compositional studies in archaeology is that an elemental fingerprint most broadly reflects region- or area-specific petrogenetic conditions (the provenance postulate). In this study, a sample population from a single shipwreck assemblage of trade ceramics (stoneware jars from East and Southeast Asia), can be separated into clear compositional groups. While the multivariate elemental definition of these groups is not controversial, their interpretation is. The study uses a method of elemental data optimisation where mathematical and statistical techniques are combined to explicitly evaluate the significance of these groups. Contrary to expectations, group elemental signatures emerge as hybrids of provenance and temperature. The results highlight the value of explicit modelling approaches to archaeological ceramic elemental datasets, as well as underscore the general influence of temperature on stoneware compositional profiles.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: New Directions in Archaeological Science, p. 215-232
Publisher: ANU Press
Place of Publication: Canberra, Australia
ISBN: 9781921536496
Field of Research (FOR): 210102 Archaeological Science
210103 Archaeology of Asia, Africa and the Americas
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 970103 Expanding Knowledge in the Chemical Sciences
970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
950502 Understanding Asias Past
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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Series Name: Terra Australis
Series Number : 28
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