Geochemical analyses result of prehistoric pottery from the site of Tol-e Kamin (Fars, Iran) by pXRF

  • A series of pottery samples from the Iranian site Tol-e Kamin, ranging from pre-historical period to the New Elamite, were analyzed in order to study the geochemical variability of the pottery assemblage. A total amount of 168 measurements were obtained using a portable XRF device and were statistically handled. The results could successfully distinguish the geochemical composition of potteries from the chalcolithic to the New Elamite periods in the Kur River Basin. A major shift in the use of different clay sources could be detected since the Proto Elamite period and afterward, in which the carbonated and marl content clays represented by Ca, Ba and Sr shifted to clay sources with a tendency to non-carbonate silty clay Al, Ti, and Fe from a different geological background. The results stress the importance of further provenance studies to address issues of trade and exchange possibilities in southwestern Iran.

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Author:Moein Eslami, Dirk Wicke, Nowrooz Rajabi
Parent Title (English):Science and technology of archaeological research : STAR
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
Place of publication:London
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2020/05/13
Date of first Publication:2020/05/13
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2020/08/25
Tag:DA; Kur River Basin; PCA; Portable XRF; archaeology of Fars; pottery analysis
Page Number:12
Last Page:11
© 2020 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative CommonsAttribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Institutes:Sprach- und Kulturwissenschaften / Kulturwissenschaften
Dewey Decimal Classification:9 Geschichte und Geografie / 93 Geschichte des Altertums (bis ca. 499), Archäologie / 930 Geschichte des Altertums bis ca. 499, Archäologie
Open-Access-Publikationsfonds:Sprach- und Kulturwissenschaften
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