Examining the Production and Distribution of Shivwits Ware Pottery
77th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology
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Shivwits pottery is one of the most common types found on both the Shivwits Plateau in Arizona and in the Moapa Valley in Nevada. Archaeologists assume that Shivwits pottery is local to the Shivwits Plateau; however, this hypothesis has not been validated chemically. Neutron activation analysis was conducted on plain utilitarian wares from the Shivwits Plateau and Moapa Valley. The results show that Shivwits ware is compositionally distinct from any other Virgin River assemblage. Furthermore, the chemical data strongly suggests that the prehistoric peoples living in the Moapa Valley imported Shivwits wares and manufactured ceramics locally.
Archaeological Anthropology | Chemistry
Harry, K. G.
Examining the Production and Distribution of Shivwits Ware Pottery.
77th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, 2012