Jomon Pottery Production at Honmura-cho and Isarago Sites: Insights from Geochemistry

Junko Habu, Mark E. Hall
2001 Anthropological Science  
The purpose of this paper is to examine whether Jomon pottery from two neighboring sites can be chemically distinguished from each other. For this purpose, minor and trace element composition of Jomon potsherds from the Honmura-cho and Isarago sites was determined using energy dispersive x-ray fluores cence(EDXRF). The results supported the hypothesis that the majority of the Ear lyJomon pottery from each of these two sites was produced locally using different raw materials. The paper also
more » ... strates the utility of multi-element, multivari ateanalyses for distinguishing pottery made in different locations. Keywords: chemical analysis, trace element analysis, energy dispersive x-ray fluorescence (EDXRF), Early Jomon pottery, central Japan local clay to manufacture their pottery (Arnold, 1992; Velde and Druc, 1999) . Con sequently,it becomes possible to distinguish groups of pottery made in different regions. Following this principle, many researchers have conducted major, minor and trace element analyses of pottery (see for example Culbert and Schwalbe, 1987; Mitsuji and Inoue, 1984; Neff, 1992; Ninomiya et al., 1991) . While the basic principle of the chemical analysis of pottery is simple and straight forward,several factors can complicate the situation. First, we do not know the de-
doi:10.1537/ase.109.141 fatcat:jsc5mc4yd5gp3e7gz3rcm6tfvq