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Neolithic ceramic findings from western Sicily. Chemical – physical and mineralogical characterization

  • Authors: Rivarola, E.; Bellia, S.; Donato, D.; Orecchio, S.; Ponterio, R.; Tusa, S.
  • Publication year: 2001
  • Type: Articolo in rivista (Articolo in rivista)
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This paper presents the results of a study that is part of a wider research program regarding the knowledge of the initial living phases of Sicilian agricultural and pastoral societies.Three ceramic samples attributed to the medium initial Neolithic (NEO1 and NEO2) and to the first neolithic (NEO3), recovered in two different archaeological sites of the western Sicily, have been analysed. Chemical, mineralogical and spectroscopic data point out a similarity between NEO1 and NEO3 samples; compositional and morphological differences instead have been observed in the NEO2 sample. The firing temperatures of the samples have been estimated by Mössbauer spectroscopy; they are lower than 500°C for the samples NEO1 and NEO3, and about 700°C for NEO2.