A PRELIMINARY GEOCHEMICAL CHARACTERIZATION OF RELIEF CERAMICS FROM THE NADIN NECROPOLIS
Proctor, Elizabeth Gaj
This paper analyzes a collection of Hellenistic mold-made relief vessels discovered during the 2018 season of the Nadin-Gradina Archaeological Project through non-destructive portable x-ray fluorescence (pXRF). Archaeometric analysis allows for a reconsideration of previous conclusions about the origins of these vessels and possible trade connections at the site of Nadin. The goal of this study is to determine potential source groups for these vessels through their geochemical composition. While the suitability of pXRF as an analytical tool for archaeological ceramics has been debated, the qualitative design of this research project and the physical characteristics of these vessels allow pXRF to be utilized successfully. Statistical analysis of pXRF results indicate the presence of multiple source groups represented in the samples. The attribution of most of these samples to a smaller number of potential source groups indicates a strong connection between the residents of Nadin and at least two production centers. This thesis is intended to suggest preliminary conclusions about potential sources and suggest areas of further study to better understand the trade connections that brought these vessels to Nadin and the role of Nadin in the Ravni Kotari landscape.
pXRF; archaeometry; Dalmatia; Liburnia; Archaeology; Ceramics
Smith, Adam Thomas
Master of Arts
dissertation or thesis