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Assessing the territorial influence of an Iberian worship site: The chemical characterisation of the terracotta from the Iron Age sanctuary of La Serreta

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JournalJournal of Archaeological Science Reports
DateAccepted/In press - 20 Mar 2017
DateE-pub ahead of print - 30 Mar 2017
DatePublished (current) - Jun 2017
Issue number2017
Number of pages8
Pages (from-to)142-150
Early online date30/03/17
Original languageEnglish


This paper presents the study of the prestigious terracotta votive figurines from the Iberian Iron Age sanctuary of La Serreta (Alicante province, Spain) composed of 174 items. Portable X-ray fluorescence (PXRF) was used to identify elemental markers that permit us to observe the differences between local and non-local terracotta figurines and furthermore to evaluate the geographical influence of the La Serreta sanctuary using Principal Component Analysis (PCA). The Partial Least Squares Discriminant Analysis (PLSDA) statistical method was also used to classify the figurines of uncertain geographical origin. The resulting groups were related to typological and stylistic groups of figurines and the distribution in different sites in the region.

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  • Terracotta, PXRF, Iron Age, Iberian Peninsula, Sanctuary of La Serreta , Votive figurines

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