Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
The development and expansion of political states is often accompanied by specialized craft production and long-distance trade networks. One of the earliest states in Andean South America was Tiwanaku, a polity that developed near the shores of Lake Titicaca, Bolivia, and dominated the south central Andes during a period called the Middle Horizon (AD 500-1000). In this paper, I report compositional data derived from laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma- mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) and portable X-ray fluorescence (pXRF) analyses of Tiwanaku pottery sherds from a number of sites across the region. I then draw on these data to examine a) whether pottery production was a centralized activity and b) the circulation of ceramic vessels around the Tiwanaku realm.
Gabler, Colette V., "Craft Production and Exchange in the Pre-Hispanic Andes: LA-ICP-MS and pXRF Analyses of Tiwanaku Ceramics." Thesis, Georgia State University, 2017.