Turquoise Mine and Artifact Correlation for Snaketown Site, Arizona

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Science  08 Aug 1975:
Vol. 189, Issue 4201, pp. 459-460
DOI: 10.1126/science.189.4201.459


Trace element analyses on turquoise from 24 mines in the southwestern United States indicate that the turquoise artifacts from Snaketown site in south-central Arizona came from the Himalaya mine near Halloron Springs, California. The correlation of artifact and mine turquoise in the Southwest is a means of determining prehistoric exchange patterns.