Archaeological Science: Research

Curators at The Field Museum steward vast collections of scientifically excavated materials from around the world, and in conjunction with colleagues from academic institutions in the Chicago area conduct field research on the archaeology of ancient exchange worldwide.  The Anthropology Department houses the Elemental Analysis Facility (EAF), a laboratory that contains instrumentation capable of compositionally characterizing materials both chemically and minerologically.  By comparing the composition of prehistoric material culture to potential raw materials avaiable to prehistoric artisans, it is possible to understand how these objects were produced, and whether or not they were subsequently transported or exchanged.  The insights gained by this approach allow museum researchers to reconstruct prehistoric economic and social networks.

Articles 2013

  • Cissé, M., McIntosh, S.K., Dussubieux, L., Fenn, T., Gallagher, D., Chipps Smith, A., Excavations at Gao-Saney: new evidence for settlement growth, trade, and interaction on the Niger Bend in the first millennium CE., Journal of African Archaeology, 11, 1, 9-37.
  • Dussubieux, L., Gratuze, B., Ancient glass in South Asia, in Modern Methods for Analysing Archaeological and Historical Glass, Janssens, K. (Ed.), John Wiley & Sons, 397-412.
  • Feinamn, G., Nichols, L., Golitko, M., 2013, Exchange in the valley of Oaxaca, Mexico, Late Classic obsidian procurement, Mexicon, 35, 3, 60-68.
  • Goemaere, E., Honings, J., Jungels, C., Golitko, M., Degryse,P., Schneider, P., 2013, Discerning geological and geographical sources of Belgian Upper Paleolithic fluorites by rare earth elements and Sr-isotopic geochemistry, Journal of Archaeological Science, vol. 40, 7, 2892-2901.
  • Janusek, J., Williams, P.R., Golitko, M., Lémuz Aguire, C., Building Taypikala: telluric transformation in the lithic production of Tiwanaku, in N. Tripcevich, K.J. Vaughn, Mining and Quarrying in the ancient Andes, Springer, 65-98.
  • Kellett, L., Golitko, M., Bauer, B., A Provenance Study Of Archaeological Obsidian From The Andahuaylas Region Of Southern Peru, Journal of Archaeological Science, vol. 40, 4, 1890-1902.
  • Lankton, J., Dussubieux, L., Ancient glass from Southeast Asia, in Modern Methods for Analysing Archaeological and Historical Glass, Janssens, K. (Ed.), John Wiley & Sons, 413-441.
  • Moholy-Nagy, H., Meierhoff, J., Golitko, M., Kestle, C., 2013, An Analysis of pXRF Obsidian Source Attributions From Tikal, Guatemala, Latin American Antiquity, vol. 24, 1, 72-97.
  • Niziolek, L., 2013, Examining changes in the organization of earthenware production in a prehispanic Philippine polity using LA-ICP-MS, Open Journal of Archaeometry, vol. 1, 1, DOI: 10.4081/4954
  • Niziolek, L., 2013, Earthenware production and distribution in the prehispanic Philippine polity of Tanjay: results from laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS), Journal of Archaeological Science, vol. 40, 6, 2824-2839.
  • Walder, H., 2013, Stylistic and Chemical Investigation of Turquoise-Blue Glass Artifacts from the Contact Era of Wisconsin, Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology,  38, 1, 119–142.

     

Articles 2012 (14)

  • Arnold, D., Bohor, B.F, Neff, H., Feinman, G.M., Williams, P.R., Dussubieux, L., Bishop, R., The First Direct Evidence of Pre-Columbian Sources of Palygorskite for Maya Blue, Journal of Archaeological Science, 39(7),2252-2260.
  • Carter, A., Garnet Beads in Southeast Asia: Evidence for Local Production in “Crossing Borders in Southeast Asian Archaeology. Selected papers from the 13th International Conference of the European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists, Berlin, 2010. 2 vol. Singapore, NUS Press, 296-306.
  • Carter, A., Lankton, J., Analysis and comparison of glass beads from Ban Non Wat and Noen U‐Loke. In The Origins of Angkor, Volume 6: The Iron Age: Summary and Conclusions, edited by Charles Higham and Amphan Kijngam, Fine Arts Department of Thailand, Bangkok, 91-114.
  • Dussubieux, L., Kusimba, C.M., Glass vessels in Sub-Saharan Africa: compositional study of some samples from Kenya, in: Liritzis, I. and Stevenson, C., The Dating and Provenance of Obsidian and Ancient Manufactured Glasses, University of New Mexico Press, 143-156.
  • Dussubieux, L., Lankton, J., Bellina-Pryce, B., Chaisuwan, B., Early Glass Trade in South and Southeast Asia: New insights from two coastal sites, Phu Khao Thong in Thailand and Arikamedu in South India, in Crossing Borders in Southeast Asian Archaeology. Selected papers from the 13th International Conference of the European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists, Berlin, 2010. 2 vol. Singapore, NUS Press. 307-328.
  • Golitko, M., Meierhoff, J., Feinman, G.M., Williams, P.R.,Complexities of collapse: the evidence of Maya obsidian as revealed by social network graphical analysis, Antiquity, 86, 507-523.
  • Golitko, M., J.V. Dudgeon, H. Neff, & J.E. Terrell, 2011, Identification of Post-Depositional Chemical Alteration of Ceramics from the North Coast of New Guinea (Sandaun Province) by Time of Flight-Laser-Ablation-Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (TOF-LA-ICP-MS).  Archaeometry, 54(1), 80-100.
  • Golitko, M., Terrell, J.E., Mapping Prehistoric Social Fields on the Sepik coast of Papua New Guinea: Ceramic Compositional Analysis using Laser Ablation-Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry. Journal of Archaeological Science, 39(12), 3568-3580.
  • Golitko, M, Schauer, Terrell., J.E.,  Identification of Fergusson Island obsidian on the Sepik coast of northern Papua New Guinea,  Archaeology in Oceania, 47(3): 151-156.
  • Kellett, L., Golitko, M., Bauer, B., A Provenance Study Of Archaeological Obsidian From The Andahuaylas Region Of Southern Peru, Journal of Archaeological Science, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2012.11.014
  • Meierhoff, J., Golitko, M., Morris, J., Obsidian acquisition, trade and regional interaction at Chan, in: Cynthia Robin (Ed),Chan, an ancient Maya Farming Community, University Press of Florida, 271-289.
  • Schibille, N., Degryse, P., Corremans, M., Specht, C.G., 2012, Chemical characterisation of glass mosaic tesserae from sixth-century Sagalassos (south-west Turkey): chronology and production techniques, Journal of Archaeological Science, 39(5), 1480-1492.
  • Williams, P.R., Dussubieux, L., Nash, D., Provenance of Peruvian Wari Obsidian: Comparing INAA, LA-ICP-MS, and portable XRF, in: Liritzis, I. and Stevenson, C.,The Dating and Provenance of Obsidian and Ancient Manufactured Glasses, University of New Mexico Press, 75-85.
  • Wood, M., Dussubieux, L., Robertshaw, P., glass finds from Chibuene, a 6th to 17th century AD port in southern Mozambique, South African Archaeological Bulletin, 67 (195), 59-74

Articles 2011 (9)

  • Carter, A.K., Trade and Exchange Networks in Iron Age Cambodia: Preliminary Results from a Compositional Analysis of Glass Beads. Bulletin of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association 30, 178-188. https://digital.lib.washington.edu/ojs/index.php/BIPPA/article/view/9966
  • Dussubieux, L., La révolution du portable : l’exemple de la spectrométrie de fluorescence X dans le domaine de l’archéologie, Revue Archéologique du Loiret, 34, 73-78.
  • Dussubieux, L., Gratuze, B., Blet-Lemarquand, M., Innovation dans les techniques de coloration: les verres rouges et orange en Asie du Sud, Actes du deuxième colloque international de l'association Verre & Histoire, Paris, Association Verre & Histoire, 2011, sur http://www.verre-histoire.org/colloques/innovations/pages/p101_01_dussubieux.html
  • Golitko, M., 2011, Provenience Investigations of Ceramic and Obsidian samples using Laser Ablation-Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) and portable X-ray Fluorescence (p-XRF), in: J.E. Terrell and E.M. Schechter, (Eds)Archaeological Investigations on the Sepik Coast, Papua New Guinea. Fieldiana.42, 251-287.
  • Golitko, M., Bosquet,D., 2011, Implications des Analyses de la Composition de la Ceramique pour la transition Mesolithique-Neolithique dans L’Europe du Nord-Ouest.  In 5000 ans avant J.-C.: la grande migration? Le Néolithique ancient dans la collection Louis Éloy,  edited by A. Hauzeur, I. Jadin, & C. Jungels, pp. 86-93. Collections du Patrimoine culturel no. 3. Édition du Service Patrimoine culturel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Brussels.
  • Millhauser, J.K., Rodríguez-Alegría, E., Glascock, M.D., Testing the accuracy of portable X-ray fluorescence to study Aztec and Colonial obsidian supply at Xaltocan, Mexico, Journal of Archaeological Science, 38, 11, 3141-3152.
  • Terrell, J.E., Schechter, E., Golitko, M., Conclusions, in: J.E. Terrell, and E.M. Schechter. (Eds), .Archaeological Investigations on the Sepik Coast, Papua New Guinea. Fieldiana,42, 295-303.
  • Schibille, N., Late Byzantine mineral soda high alumina glasses from Asia Minor: A new primary glass production group, PloS ONE, 6 (4), doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0018970.
  • Vaughn, K., Dussubieux, L., Williams, R., A Pilot Compositional Analysis of Nasca Ceramics from the Kroeber Collection, Journal of Archaeological Science, 38, 12, 3560-3567.

Articles 2010 (10)

  • Bosquet, D., Salavert, A., Golitko, M., Signification chronologique des assemblages détritiques rubanés: confrontation des données anthracologiques, typologiques et stratigraphiques sur trios sites de Hesbaye (province de Liège, Belgique), in:Théry-Parisot, I.,Chabal, L., Costamagno, S. (Eds), Taphonomie des résidus organiques brûlés et des structures de combustion en milieu archéologique (actes de la table ronde, 27-29 mai 2008, Cépam), P@lethnologie, 2, 39-57.
  • Dussubieux, L., La spectrométrie de masse à plasma induit couplée à l’ablation laser au service de l’archéologie, Revue Archéologique du Loiret, 33, 1-8.
  • Dussubieux, L., Gratuze, B., Blet-Lemarquand, M., Mineral soda alumina glass: occurrence and meaning, Journal of Archaeological Science, 37, 1645-1655
  • Dussubieux, L., Gratuze, B., Glass in Southeast Asia, in: Bellina, B., Bacus, E.A., Pryce, T.O. and Wisseman, C. J. (Eds), 50 years of Archaeology in Southeast Asia: Essays in honour of Ian Glover, River Books, 247-259.
  • Dussubieux, L., Glass material from Singapore, Archipel, 80
  • Golitko, M., Meierhoff, J., Terrell, J.E., Chemical characterization of sources of obsidian from the Sepik coast (PNG), Archaeology in Oceania, 45, 120-129.
  • Lankton, J., Gratuze, B., Kim, G.-H., Dussubieux, L., Silk road glass in ancient Silla: The contribution of chemical compositional analysis, in: Zorn, B. and Hilgner, A. (Eds), Glass along the silk road from 200 BC to 1000 AD, RGZM Tagungen, 9, 221-237.
  • Meierhoff, J., Golitko, M., Morris, J., Sourcing of obsidian from the ancient Maya farming village of Chan, Belize using portable-XRF, SAS Bulletin, 33, 5-8.
  • Robertshaw, P., Wood, M., Benco, N., Dussubieux, L., Melchiorre, E., Ettahari, A., Chemical Analysis of Glass Beads from Medieval Al-Basra (Morocco), Archaeometry, 52, 3, 355-379.
  • Thanik Lertcharnrit, Carter, A.K., Recent Research on Iron Age Glass and Stone Beads from Promtin Tai, Central Thailand, Muang Boran Journal 36, 4, 53-68 (In Thai).

Articles 2009 (8)

  • Dussubieux, L., Chemical Investigation of some 17th-century French Glass Personal Ornaments, Journal of Glass Studies, 51, 95-110.
  • Dussubieux, L., Compositional analysis of ancient glass fragments from North Sumatra, Indonesia, in: Daniel Perret & Heddy Surachman (ed.), Histoire de Barus III: Regards sur une place marchande de l'océan Indien (XIIe-milieu du XVIIe s.), Paris, Association Archipel/EFEO, 385-417.
  • Dussubieux, L., Robertshaw, P., Glascock, M.D., LA-ICP-MS analysis of African glass beads: laboratory inter-comparison with an emphasis on the impact of corrosion on data interpretation, International Journal of Mass Spectrometry, 284, 152-161.
  • Dussubieux, L., Williams, P.R., Elemental analysis of Peruvian copper-based artifacts using LA-ICP-MS, 2nd International Conference Archaeometallurgy in Europe 2007, 17-21 June 2007, Aquileia, Itlay, Associazione Italina de Metalulurgica, Milano, 489-497.
  • Oka, R., Dussubieux, L., Kusimba, C., Gogte, V.D., The impact of “Imitation” celadon and blue-and-white industries on Chinese ceramic exports in the Indian Ocean Maritime Exchange, ca. 1200-1700 C.E., in B. McCarthy, E. Chase, L. Cort, J. Douglas, and P. Jett (Eds), Scientific Research on Historic Asian Ceramics: Proceedings of the Fourth Forbes Symposium at the Freer Gallery of Art, Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., 175-185.
  • Robertshaw, P., Weise, C., Dussubieux, L., Lankton, J, Popelka-Filcoff, R.S., Glascock, M., Chemical Analysis of Glass from Nupe, Nigeria, Tribus, 58, 83-95.
  • Wood, M., Dussubieux, L., Wadley, L., A cache of ~5000 glass beads from the Sibudu Cave Iron Age occupation, Southern African Humanities,21: 239-261.
  • Sharratt, N., Williams, P.R., Golitko, M., Dussubieux, L., Ceramic Production during the Middle Horizon: Wari and Tiwanaku clay procurement in the Moquegua Valley, Peru, Geoarchaeology, 24, 6, 792-820.

Articles 2008 (5)

  • Arnold, D.E., Branden, J.R., Williams, P.R., Feinman, G.M, Brown, J. P., The first direct evidence for the production of Maya Blue: rediscovery of a technology, Antiquity, 82, 315, 151–164.
  • Deraisme, A., Dussubieux, L., Frot, G., Stevenson, C., Creech, A. Bienvenu, Y., Copper–based artefacts from Virginian sites: microstructures and compositions, Historical Metallurgy, 42, 1, 39-49.
  • Dussubieux, L., Deraisme, A., Frot, G., Stevenson, C., Creech, A. Bienvenu, Y., LA-ICP-MS, SEM-EDS and EPMA analysis of Northeastern American copper-based artefacts: impact of corrosion and heterogeneity on the reliability of LA-ICP-MS compositional results, Archaeometry, 50, 4, 643-657.
  • Dussubieux, L., Kusimba, C.M., Gogte, V., Kusimba, S.B., Gratuze, B., Oka, R., The trading of ancient glass beads: new analytical data from South Asian and East African soda-alumina glass beads, Archaeometry, 50, 5, 797-821.
  • Lankton, J., Dussubieux, L., Gratuze, B., Glass from Khao Sam Kaeo: Transferred technology for an early Southeast Asian exchange network, in Recent Advances in the Archaeology of Exchange in the Upper Thai-Malay Peninsula,Bulletin de l’Ecole Française d’Extrême-Orient2006, 93, 317-351.

Articles 2007 (4)

  • Dussubieux, L., Inductively Coupled Plasma – Mass Spectrometry with or without Laser Ablation: For a Better Understanding of Museum Collections, Restauro, 5, 328-333.
  • Dussubieux, L., LA-ICP-MS analysis of copper alloy artifacts, In Archaeological Chemistry: Analytical Methods and archaeological Interpretation, edited by Michael D. Glascock, Robert J. Speakman, and Rachel S. Popelka-Filcoff, pp. 336–348. ACS Publication Series 968. American Chemical Society, Washington, DC.
  • Dussubieux, L., Golitko, M., Williams, P.R., Speakman, J., LA-ICP-MS analysis applied to the characterization of Peruvian Wari Ceramics, In Archaeological Chemistry: Analytical Methods and archaeological Interpretation, edited by Michael D. Glascock, Robert J. Speakman, and Rachel S. Popelka-Filcoff, pp. 349–363. ACS Publication Series 968. American Chemical Society, Washington, DC.
  • Terrell, J. E., Schechter, E.M., Deciphering the Lapita Code: The Aitape Ceramic Sequence and the Late Survival of the Lapita “face”, Cambridge Archaeological Journal 17:1, 59-85.

Articles 2006 (2)

  • Cook, D.L., Wadhwa, M., Janney, P.E., Dauphas, N., Clayton, R. N., Davis, A.M., High Precision Measurements of Non-Mass-Dependent Effects in Nickel Isotopes in Meteoritic Metal via Multicollector ICPMS, Analytical Chemistry, 78, 24, 8477-8484.
  • Martin, R.D., MacLarnon, A.M., Phillips, J.L., Dussubieux, L., Williams, P.R. and Dobyns, W.B., Comment on "The brain of LB1, Homo floresiensis" (Technical Comment), Science, 312, 999b