Hyperfine Interactions

, Volume 91, Issue 1, pp 679–683 | Cite as

Mössbauer studies of prehistoric Cherokee pottery sherds

  • K. M. Whatley
  • K. P. McKenzie
Geology, Mineralogy, and Archeology


Mössbauer spectroscopy is a very useful tool in the examination and characterization of ancient pottery sherds. In this study, Mössbauer spectra for sherds and clay from the Warren Wilson Site, a prehistoric Native American (Cherokee) settlement in western North Carolina, were measured. Data from one sherd and samples from two clay beds indicate that the sherd was not made from local clays and was originally fired to 350 ‡C.


Spectroscopy Clay Thin Film Pottery Sherd Local Clay 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. [1]
    B.C. Keel,Cherokee Archaeology: A Study of the Appalachian Summit (University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville, 1976) pp. 159–208; 247–266.Google Scholar
  2. [2]
    R.S. Dickens,Cherokee Prehistory: The Pisgah Phase in the Appalachian Summit Region (University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville, 1976) pp. 19–69; 171–201.Google Scholar
  3. [3]
    E.W. Muller,Mosfun: A new and versatile Mössbauer fitting program (Mössbauer Effect Data Center, UNCA, Asheville, NC, 1980).Google Scholar

Copyright information

© J.C. Baltzer AG, Science Publishers 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • K. M. Whatley
    • 1
  • K. P. McKenzie
    • 1
  1. 1.Physics DepartmentThe University of North Carolina at AshevilleAshevilleUSA

Personalised recommendations