Journal article

CHEMICAL COMPARISON OF RARE CHINESE WHITE POTTERY FROM FOUR SITES OF THE ERLITOU STATE: RESULTS AND ARCHAEOMETRICAL IMPLICATIONS

Bao-Ping Li, Li Liu, Xing-Can Chen, Jian-Xin Zhao, J Drennan, A Greig, Yue-Xing Feng, M Lawrence, Hong Xu, Guo-He Han, Jun-Xiao Zhu, Song-Lin Zhang

Archaeometry | WILEY | Published : 2010

Abstract

White pottery is among the most significant finds from China's earliest state, Erlitou (c. 1900-1500 bc). Samples were primarily discovered in small numbers from elite tombs of a few sites, leading to the hypothesis that they were made at only a few locations and then circulated regionally as prestige items. To facilitate determining provenances, we compare the ICP-MS trace elements and TIMS Sr isotopes of whiteware with two soil samples from Nanwa, a possible manufacturing site, and with shards found at three other sites: Erlitou, Huizui and Nanzhai. The Nanwa shards demonstrate special elemental and Sr isotopic features. Considering the chemical observation and archaeological background to..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The research was supported by an ARC Discovery Grant DP0450025 (to Li Liu of La Trobe University). Baoping Li is the recipient of an ARC Post Doctoral Fellowship (DP0772417). We thank the reviewers for their helpful comments.