Provenance Studies

  • Mary E. Malainey
Part of the Manuals in Archaeological Method, Theory and Technique book series (MATT)


Provenance studies involve the use of particular artifact traits to establish where the piece was manufactured or the source of the raw materials from which it was made. Distinct physical characteristics, such as style, shape, and decoration, may provide sufficient evidence to assign an artifact to a particular geographic location. In other cases, it may be necessary to rely on data that cannot be obtained through visual inspection to test a hypothesis or verify a conclusion.


Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis Lead Isotope Compositional Data Provenance Study Robust Principal Component Analysis 
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  • Mary E. Malainey
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  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyBrandon UniversityBrandonCanada

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