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The Origins of Abbott Zoned Incised Ceramics in the late Middle Woodland Virginia Coastal Plain: An LA-ICP-MS Analysis

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Author: Steadman, Laura
Advisor: Gallivan, Martin D., 1968-
Committee Members: Moretti-Langholtz, Danielle; Poutsma, John C.
Issued Date: 2008-05-08
Subjects: Abbott Zoned Incised
Middle Woodland
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10288/501
Description: The presence of small quantities of Abbott Zoned Incised ware in Virginia has long-puzzled archaeologists. Used by late Middle Woodland peoples in the Delaware and Hudson River Valleys, this ware is not known to have been found in Delaware or Maryland. An analysis of 114 ceramic samples from Virginia and New Jersey using Laser Ablation-Inductively Couple Plasma- Mass Spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) indicates that Abbott Zoned Incised vessels were largely-locally produced in the Virginia Coastal Plain. This project also indicates that utilitarian Mockley vessels were moved both within the Virginia Coastal Plain and between Virginia and the Abbott Farm site in the Delaware River Valley. The results of this analysis bring into question previous interpretations of social relationships among peoples of the Middle Atlantic Region during this time period. This thesis proposes alternative lines of interpretations to be considered by the region's scholars.
Degree: Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology

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