Obsidian sources and distribution systems in Island Southeast Asia: new results and implications from geochemical research using LA-ICPMS

Christian Reepmeyer, Matthew Spriggs, A Anggraeni, Peter V Lape, Leee Neri, Wilfredo Ronquillo, Truman Simanjuntak, Glenn Summerhayes, Daud Tanudirjo, Archie Tiauzon

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    Abstract

    This paper discusses new evidence of long-distance interaction networks in Island Southeast Asia obtained from geochemical analyses using SEM-EDXA and LA-ICPMS of 101 obsidian samples from 25 locations including seven obsidian sources and 19 archaeological sites. Given that there are obsidian sources distributed throughout much of Island Southeast Asia, the potential for obsidian studies to provide greater understanding of patterns of mobility and exchange in the Pre-Neolithic and Neolithic periods would seem to be considerable. This potential, however, remains largely unrealised as obsidian sourcing has hitherto only been carried out intermittently in Island Southeast Asia using PIXE-PIGME, XRF and other methods.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2995-3005
    JournalJournal of Archaeological Science
    Volume38
    Issue number11
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

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