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Archaeometric studies of ceramic fragments from Northern Peru

Grant number: 17/11178-6
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): February 01, 2018
Effective date (End): December 31, 2018
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Physics - Nuclear Physics
Principal Investigator:Márcia de Almeida Rizzutto
Grantee:Isabela de Morais Bertini
Host Institution: Instituto de Física (IF). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:17/07366-1 - Collect, identify, describe, exhibit: the curatorial cycle and the production of knowledge, AP.TEM


Archeometry is defined as the application of experimental, natural and technological sciences to the knowledge and characterization of objects of art, archaeological and cultural heritage materials to assist in the science of conservation, archeology, history, art, etc. The various scientific methodologies used, together with the different researchers, help the study, characterization and better understanding of cultural heritage objects and thus allow to extract information about the manufacturing processes, technologies used and may be related to the cultural societies producing this material or to the artist who performed the work. Physical and chemical analyzes are important for studying different materials, especially ceramics, which are closely related to the culture of ancient peoples. The archaeometric information of this material can help in building the memory of the production process of societies. Within this purpose, this work deals with the archaeometric analysis of ceramic fragments from archaeological excavations of different sectors of the archaeological complex: Huaca Ventarrón, Collud and Zarpan, located on the northern coast of Peru, which are being studied in a Brazil-Peru collaboration project under responsibility of the archaeologist Prof. Dr. Marcia Arcuri (University of Ouro Preto and Museum of Archeology and Ethnology of USP) in partnership with Drs. Fabiola André Silva and Silva Cunha Lima of the Museum of Archeology and Ethnology of USP and Prof. Marcia A. Rizzutto of the Institute of Physics of USP who guides this project. (AU)

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