Natural and social dimensions of stone axe production in the North-East of the Iberian Peninsula

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Abstract

Evidence for prehistoric stone axe production is extremely scarce in the Iberian Peninsula in comparison to other parts of western Europe. This paper addresses this issue through the study of the manufacture and distribution of hornfels tools in the Northeast of the Iberian Peninsula. The combination of petrographic and geomorphological analyses, as well as the examination of archaeological materials, which so far have deserved little attention, allows the identification of procurement areas and blank production strategies. The next step has been to approach the social value of the products by means of their association with other materials participating in the Neolithic distribution-networks. The observed geographical and social asymmetries lead to addressing the issue of power structures in Neolithic societies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-71
JournalTrabajos de Prehistoria
Volume65
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008

Keywords

  • Copper Age
  • Exchange
  • Geo-archaeology
  • Iberia
  • Neolithic
  • Power
  • Prehistoric stone axes

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