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Raw Materials and Pottery Production at the Late Bronze and Iron Age Site of Puig de Sa Morisca, Mallorca, Spain
Article first published online: 17 MAY 2012
© 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Volume 27, Issue 4, pages 285–299, July/August 2012
How to Cite
Albero Santacreu, D. and Mateu Vicens, G. (2012), Raw Materials and Pottery Production at the Late Bronze and Iron Age Site of Puig de Sa Morisca, Mallorca, Spain. Geoarchaeology, 27: 285–299. doi: 10.1002/gea.21409
- Issue published online: 12 JUN 2012
- Article first published online: 17 MAY 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 6 MAR 2012
- Manuscript Received: 25 NOV 2010
This paper presents an analytical study of LateBronze andIronAge ceramics and natural clay deposits from the archaeological site ofPuig deSa Morisca in southwestMallorca,Spain. In our study, we combine petrographic, micropaleontological, mineralogical (X-ray powder diffraction) and textural (laser particle size) analyses of sherds and local clays that may have been used as raw material in ceramic production. This approach allowed us to compare the ceramics’ formal characteristics with those observed in nearby plastic clays and assess raw clay procurement and paste preparation. The results indicate the use of local (<500 m distance) calcareous clays throughout theLateBronze andIron ages. This raw material was mixed with other coarser clays or crushed calcite, as well as other calcareous tempers, such as breccias or calcarenites, located close to the site. The results demonstrate that the same clay deposit was used to make ceramic vessels following different technological choices and recipes. Thus, local communities established a strong connection with the same raw materials through time that were located within the potters’ preferential range of exploitation.