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Temper sands in prehistoric Oceanian pottery : geotectonics, sedimentology, petrography, provenance

Author: William R Dickinson
Publisher: Boulder, Colo. : Geological Society of America, 2006.
Series: Special papers (Geological Society of America), 406.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Document   Computer File : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Oceanian ceramic cultures making earthenware pottery spread during the past 3500 years through a dozen major island groups spanning 6000 km of the tropical Pacific Ocean from western Micronesia to western Polynesia. Island potters mixed sand as temper into clay bodies during ceramic manufacture. The nature of island sands is governed by the geotectonics of hotspot chains, island arcs, subduction zones, backarc  Read more...
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Temper sands in prehistoric Oceanian pottery.
(OCoLC)65538661
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Computer File, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William R Dickinson
ISBN: 0813724066 9780813724065
OCLC Number: 65538661
Description: vii, 164 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 28 cm.
Contents: Introduction and purpose --
Oceanian cultural context --
Geotectonic temper classes --
Temper textural properties --
Terrigenous grain types --
Temper compositional modes --
Oceanic basalt tempers --
Andesitic arc tempers --
Postarc and backarc tempers --
Dissected orogen tempers --
Tectonic highland tempers --
Comparative temper compositions --
Patterns of ceramic transfer --
Appendix 1: Catalogue of prehistoric Oceanian potsherds examined petrographically in thin section --
Appendix 2: Sherd photomicrographs --
Appendix 3: Index to islands, island groups and archaeological sites.
Series Title: Special papers (Geological Society of America), 406.
Responsibility: William R. Dickinson.

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"Oceanian ceramic cultures making earthenware pottery spread during the past 3500 years through a dozen major island groups spanning 6000 km of the tropical Pacific Ocean from western Micronesia to western Polynesia. Island potters mixed sand as temper into clay bodies during ceramic manufacture. The nature of island sands is governed by the geotectonics of hotspot chains, island arcs, subduction zones, backarc basins, and remnant arcs as well as by sedimentology. Because small islands with bedrock exposures of restricted character are virtual point sources of sand, many tempers are diagnostic of specific islands. Petrographic study of temper sands in thin section allows distinction between indigenous pottery and exotic pottery transported from elsewhere. Study of 2223 prehistoric Oceanian potsherds from 130 islands and island clusters indicates the nature of Oceanian temper types and documents 105 cases of interisland transport of ceramics over distances typically <400 km but reaching 1000+ km."--Publisher's website.

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