Community affiliation, state formation and identity: Exploring ceramics as symbols through ceramic analysis, NAA, and LA-ICP-MS
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Teotihuacan ceramics are analyzed with the purpose of identifying how objects are reflective of community belonging. Ceramics from the earliest phases of the sites of Cuanalan, Tezoyuca and Plaza One were analyzed and samples were sent to the University of Missouri's Research Reactor Center to undergo NAA and LA-ICP-MS. The results indicate a minimal level of chemical variability through time that identifies Teotihuacan ceramics as relatively consistent through time. These results when considered with the ceramic analysis suggest that objects such as pottery are reflective of societal shifts and community identity.