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Artefacts Produced in Rare Rocks from Funerary Contexts of the 4th-2nd Millenia Cal BCE in Southern Spain: A Review

Costa Caramé, ME; García Sanjuán, L; Murillo-Barroso, M; Parrilla Giráldez, R; Wheatley, D; (2011) Artefacts Produced in Rare Rocks from Funerary Contexts of the 4th-2nd Millenia Cal BCE in Southern Spain: A Review. Menga. Journal of Prehistory of Andalusia

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Abstract

This paper compiles the currently available evidence for the study of artefacts made of rare rocks and exotic raw materials found in funerary contexts of the 4th to the 2nd millennia BCE of southern Iberia (regions of Andalusia and Extremadura). The raw materials considered in this paper include green stones (variscite and similar), rock crystal and white quartz, amber, jet as well as faience and glass paste. Departing from a simple quantification of the objects manufactured on these raw materials, a discussion is made concerning their relative frequency, the prevailing trends in terms of functionality and use as well as the implication that can be inferred about their provenance and exchange. Among the various conclusions pointed out as a result of this discussion, the remarkable differences in frequency between collective burials of the 4th-3rd millennia BC and individual burials of the 2nd millennium BC, stands out.

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Title: Artefacts Produced in Rare Rocks from Funerary Contexts of the 4th-2nd Millenia Cal BCE in Southern Spain: A Review
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1447853
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