With few exceptions, analysis and exploration of the trace elemental composition of Monterey chert outcrops and artifacts for the purpose of determination of provenance has been overlooked. This project is an attempt to investigate the trace elemental composition of samples of Monterey chert. Specifically, an assessment of the data produced from LA-TOF-ICP-MS took place to determine if elemental characterizations of source outcrops and artifacts can successfully assign artifacts to sources. This thesis study establishes that chemical or elemental variability does exist within the geologic outcrops or sources of Monterey chert but not enough to limit the determination of provenance of archaeological material to its lithic origins. Results indicate that Monterey chert artifacts can likely be linked to their lithic origins, at least on the regional level. It is suggested that future research should include determining if Monterey chert artifacts can be linked to individual geological outcrops.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/04M, Masters Abstracts International|
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