Obsidian Acquisition, Trade, and Regional Interaction at Chan

Cynthia Robin

in Chan

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780813039831
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813043753 | DOI:
Obsidian Acquisition, Trade, and Regional Interaction at Chan

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This chapter examines 742 obsidian artifacts identified at the Maya farming community of Chan and presents the results of source origin studies of these artifacts. Elemental composition analysis was undertaken using a portable X-ray fluorescence (XRF) device. Chan's leading families were involved in small-scale obsidian blade production. Access to obsidian from different sources was not restricted: farmers, stone quarriers, biface producers, and community leaders enjoyed obsidian from the same Guatemalan geological sources.

Keywords: Maya; Chan; farming community; obsidian; portable X-ray fluorescence

Chapter.  5906 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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