Neutron Activation Analysis of Obsidian From Kalavasos-Tenta
Authors: Gomez, Basil; Glascock, M. D.; Blackman, M. J.; Todd, I. A.
Source: Journal of Field Archaeology, Volume 22, Number 4, 1995 , pp. 503-508(6)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:The small quantity of obsidian used by the Aceramic Neolithic occupants of Cyprus was imported, there being no source on the island.
The chemical composition, determined by neutron activation analysis, of six samples of obsidian from Kalavasos-Tenta indicates that they were derived from the central Anatolian, Göllü Da? (çiftlik: Group 2b) source. On the basis of chemical composition, obsidian from five Cypriot Aceramnic Neolithic sites has the same provenance. Our data suggest that the fragments we analyzed were not derived from a single core and, because obsidian occurs throughout the Aceramic period of occupation of kalavasos-Tenta, it appears unlikely that the 36 artifacts recovered from the site represent a one-time transfer of material. This suggests an enduring supply, and implies to us that the inhabitants of Kalavasos-Tenta were never completely isolated from the mainland.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 1995-01-01
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