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Archaeometrical Identification of the Iberian Amphorae Productions at the Area of the Ancient Laietania (Now Maresme): Some Considerations on Production and Distribution Patterns

  • Open or Close Tsantini E*

    Department of Prehistory, History and Archeology, University of Barcelona, Spain

    *Corresponding author: Tsantini E, Faculty of Geography and History, Department of Prehistory, Ancient History and Archeology, Archaeological and Archaeometric Research Team of the University of Barcelona (ERAAUB), University of Barcelona, C/Montalegre 6-8, 08001 Barcelona, Spain

Submission: October 27, 2017; Published: January 30, 2018

DOI: 10.31031/AAOA.2018.01.000519

ISSN: 2577-1949
Volume1 Issue4


In the present contribution an integrated archaeological and geochemical study of Iberian amphorae found at the indigenous settlement of various Laietanian sites are presented. Two of the analysed sites are production sites and three are consumption sites. Two chemical groups were identified. The first is the reference group of the kiln site of Rierade Sant Simó and the second is the Paste Compositional Reference Group of the Iberian village (consumption site) Puig Castellar. The final results proved, on one hand, a diversification of the productions on the various analysed sites and, on the other, some wider commercial contacts. The chemical complexity reveals the existence of a multiplicity of productions in each geographical area and clearly indicates a commercial interaction between the Laietania and the Cossetania, at least. Adding to those results the typological information too, a certain standardization of forms in each of those regions was observed.

Keywords: Iberian; Pottery; Amphora; Production distribution; Commerce; Archaeometry; Chemical analysis; Provenance; Origin

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