The intent of this thesis is to analyze obsidian artifacts from Chiquiuitan, Guatemala to see if the samples can be traced to known obsidian sources in the Maya region based on their unique chemical elements. Another aspect of this analysis is to determine the accuracy and validity of the Handheld XRF instrument on small and irregular obsidian samples. Furthermore, sourcing analysis allows researchers to acquire information about trade, exchange, and acquisition patterns of the material and gives researchers indications to prehistoric, social, and economic features.
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
College of Sciences
Orlando (Main) Campus
Fertig, Sutherland X., "Obsidian Sourcing Analysis from Chiquiuitan, Guatemala" (2018). Honors in the Major Theses. 298.