PIXE analysis of Salado polychrome ceramics of the American Southwest

Dennis C. Gosser, Michael A. Ohnersorgen, Arleyn W. Simon, James W. Mayer

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Prehistoric Salado polychrome ceramics of the American Southwest show temporal variation in pigment use depending on location of manufacture during the Classic Period (A.D. 1250-1450). Proton-induced X-ray emission (PIXE) analysis was undertaken to characterize chemical differences among Pinto, Gila, and Tonto Polychrome paints found in the Tonto Basin, Arizona. White slip samples on pottery from Roosevelt phase (A.D. 1250-1320) sites are compared to samples from Gila phase (A.D. 1320-1450) sites. A significant difference was found between the white slips used on the early (Pinto) versus the late (Gila and Tonto) Salado polychrome decorations, suggesting technological and economic changes in pottery manufacture over time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)880-887
Number of pages8
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms
StatePublished - Mar 1998


  • American Southwest
  • Archaeological Research Institute
  • Arizona State University
  • Center for Solid State Science
  • Ceramics
  • Ion beam analysis
  • Proton-induced X-ray emission
  • Roosevelt Platform Mound Study
  • Salado polychrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation


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