Hit and sunk: provenance and alterations of ceramics from seventeenth century Angra D shipwreck

Javier Iñañez , José António Bettencourt, Inês Pinto Coelho, André Teixeira, Gorka Arana, Kepa Castro, Uxue Sanchez Garmendia

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A set of 34 archaeological ceramics, including olive jars, transparent green lead glazed, tin-lead glazed and unglazed ceramics, from seventeenth century Angra D shipwreck found at Terceira Island (Azores Archipelago, Portugal) was archaeometrically characterized by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Ceramic provenance has been established by statistical exploration of the ICP-MS chemical data, suggesting as being mainly from Seville origin (southern Spain) and, at a lesser extent, from the north of Portugal, piling up evidences to suggest a Spanish ship. Alteration and contamination effects of underwater environment in calcareous ceramics are assessed by XRD and SEM-EDS analyses, like the crystallization of zeolites, as well as pyrite.
Original languageEnglish
Article number182
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalArchaeological and Anthropological Sciences
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2020
Event13th European Meeting on Ancient Ceramics - Athens, Greece
Duration: 24 Sept 201526 Sept 2015


  • Archaeometry
  • Colonial ceramic
  • Portuguese and Spanish colonialism
  • Shipwreck


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