Clay sourcing analysis

Part of SCRAP 2015 research is conducting clay sourcing analysis to determine where and with what the ancient Maya of Alabama were making their pottery. Today, while waiting for more of the orchard rows to be mowed so we can continue our settlement survey, Tawny, Lisa, Brittany, and Jesucita made briquettes from the clay sources we have sampled within the Alabama area. After they have dried, we will fire them in an open fire and export them to Canada for petrographic analysis and comparison with local ceramic types. This source data will be made available to archaeologists working in other areas of the Maya world for comparison with their ceramic materials.