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  Pofatu, a curated and open-access database for geochemical sourcing of archaeological materials

Hermann, A., Forkel, R., McAlister, A., Cruickshank, A., Golitko, M., Kneebone, B., et al. (2020). Pofatu, a curated and open-access database for geochemical sourcing of archaeological materials. Scientific Data, 7(1): 141. doi:10.1038/s41597-020-0485-8.

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Hermann, Aymeric1, Author              
Forkel, Robert1, Author              
McAlister, Andrew, Author
Cruickshank, Arden, Author
Golitko, Mark, Author
Kneebone, Brendan, Author
McCoy, Mark, Author
Reepmeyer, Christian, Author
Sheppard, Peter, Author
Sinton, John, Author
Weisler, Marshall, Author
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1Linguistic and Cultural Evolution, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Max Planck Society, ou_2074311              

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Free keywords: Archaeology, Geochemistry
 Abstract: Compositional analyses have long been used to determine the geological sources of artefacts. Geochemical “fingerprinting” of artefacts and sources is the most effective way to reconstruct strategies of raw material and artefact procurement, exchange or interaction systems, and mobility patterns during prehistory. The efficacy and popularity of geochemical sourcing has led to many projects using various analytical techniques to produce independent datasets. In order to facilitate access to this growing body of data and to promote comparability and reproducibility in provenance studies, we designed Pofatu, the first online and open-access database to present geochemical compositions and contextual information for archaeological sources and artefacts in a form that can be readily accessed by the scientific community. This relational database currently contains 7759 individual samples from archaeological sites and geological sources across the Pacific Islands. Each sample is comprehensively documented and includes elemental and isotopic compositions, detailed archaeological provenance, and supporting analytical metadata, such as sampling processes, analytical procedures, and quality control.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2020-05-11
 Publication Status: Published online
 Pages: 9
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 Rev. Method: Peer
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1038/s41597-020-0485-8
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Title: Scientific Data
  Abbreviation : Sci. Data
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Publ. Info: London, United Kingdom : Nature Publishing Group
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 7 (1) Sequence Number: 141 Start / End Page: - Identifier: ISSN: 2052-4463
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/2052-4463