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Historical Archaeology

, Volume 50, Issue 4, pp 65–91 | Cite as

Texas Mission Ceramics: Origins of Manufacture and Distribution during the Eighteenth Century

  • Shawn B. Carlson
  • M. James Blackman
  • Ronald L. Bishop
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Abstract

Nearly 800 ceramic sherds from 10 Spanish colonial sites in Texas were analyzed using instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) as a tool for understanding the local-resource production and distribution of Native American pottery, lead-glazed coarse earthenwares, and tin-glazed wares (majolica). The chemical characteristics of their pastes were compared to identify similarities that might indicate sources of manufacture. Data were also compared to other INAA studies. Combined with accounts of known supply stations and supply routes into Texas, the authors were able to identify three manufacturing locales for Native American pottery and five for lead-glazed wares. Evidence of a period of transition between Native American technologies and European technologies was also inferred.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shawn B. Carlson
    • 1
  • M. James Blackman
    • 2
  • Ronald L. Bishop
    • 3
  1. 1.Star of the Republic MuseumWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.Department of AnthropologyNational Museum of Natural History, MRC112, Smithsonian InstitutionWashington, DCUSA
  3. 3.Department of AnthropologyNational Museum of Natural History, MRC112, Smithsonian Institution 10th and Constitution Avenue NWWashington, DCUSA

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