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Preliminary Characterization and Provenance of Obsidian Artifacts from Ethiopian Archaeological Sites Using Portable X-Ray Fluorescence
Warren, Andrea
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Archaeological sites ( jstor )
Obsidian ( jstor )
Provenance ( jstor )
Settlement patterns ( jstor )
X ray fluorescence ( jstor )
Human beings--Migrations
Undergraduate Honors Thesis


The goal of this study is to use portable x-ray fluorescence (pXRF) to gather preliminary results on the characterization and sourcing of obsidian artifacts from Ethiopian archaeological sites. This provenance study could potentially reveal much about the migration, trade and settlement patterns of humans over the last 200,000 years. During the 2010 field season at Moche Borago, I analyzed artifacts from 1) the Kafa Archaeological Project in SW Ethiopia, 2) the Central Rift Lakes Archaeological Project 3) The Aduma sites of the Middle Awash Project, Ethiopia and 4) the Southwest Ethiopia Archaeological Project located at Moche Borago. The goal is to observe emergent patterns within and between these sites. This thesis presents the results of this preliminary analysis, which suggests there is great potential for using pXRF to conduct a larger, more detailed provenance study of Ethiopian obsidian. ( en )
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Awarded Bachelor of Arts; Graduated December 21, 2010 summa cum laude. Major: Anthropology
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College/School: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
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Legacy honors title: Only abstract available from former Honors Program sponsored database.
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UF Honors Program sponosored database

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