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  • 1 N. C. S. R. Demokritos Aghia Paraskevi 15310 Attiki, Athens Greece
  • 2 University of Ioannina Ioannina Greece
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Neutron activation analysis, in combination with multivariate analysis of the generated data, was used for the chemical characterization of prehistoric pottery from the Greek islands of Thera, Melos (islands with similar geology) and Crete. The statistical procedure which proved that Theran pottery could be distinguishable from Melian, is described. This discrimination, attained for the first time, was mainly based on the concentrations of the trace elements Sm, Yb, Lu and Cr. Also, Cretan imports to both Thera and Melos were clearly separable from local wares.