Chemical characterization of Bronze Age pottery from Greek South Aegean islands by INAA
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This paper presents the results on 20 minor and trace elements of a wide analytical programme — based on neutron activation and statistical analysis — which deals with the chemical characterization of pottery from the Cycladic islands and Crete, during the Bronze Age (Cycladic period), with particular reference to Akrotiri on Thera. Multivariate analysis of the neutron activation data showed that the majority of the pottery found in Akrotiri was locally made, by one type of clay. This in connection with the local style that Akrotiri had introduced, supports the idea of an autonomous development. Contacts with neighbouring islands were also confirmed.
KeywordsClay Physical Chemistry Multivariate Analysis Inorganic Chemistry Activation Data
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