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Precise Characterization of Guatemalan Obsidian Sources, and Source Determination of Artifacts from Quiriguá

  • Fred H. Stross (a1), Payson Sheets (a2), Frank Asaro (a1) and Helen V. Michel (a1)

For the determination of provenience of obsidian artifacts, precise and accurate measurements of composition patterns of the geologic sources are necessary for definitive and cost-effective assignments. Inter-comparison of data from different laboratories is often difficult. Suggestions for maximizing the usefulness of data already in the literature are made, contributions to a useful data bank of source composition patterns are recorded, and provenience determinations of 30 artifacts excavated in Quirigua, Guatemala are presented to exemplify the technique.

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