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British Neolithic Axehead Distributions and Their Implications

Schauer, P; Bevan, A; Shennan, S; Edinborough, K; Kerig, T; Pearson, MP; (2019) British Neolithic Axehead Distributions and Their Implications. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 10.1007/s10816-019-09438-6. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Neolithic stone axeheads from Britain provide an unusually rich, well-provenanced set of evidence with which to consider patterns of prehistoric production and exchange. It is no surprise then that these objects have often been subject to spatial analysis in terms of the relationship between particular stone source areas and the distribution of axeheads made from those stones. At stake in such analysis are important interpretative issues to do with how we view the role of material value, supply, exchange, and demand in prehistoric societies. This paper returns to some of these well-established debates in the light of accumulating British Neolithic evidence and via the greater analytical power and flexibility afforded by recent computational methods. Our analyses make a case that spatial distributions of prehistoric axeheads cannot be explained merely as the result of uneven resource availability in the landscape, but instead reflect the active favouring of particular sources over known alternatives. Above and beyond these patterns, we also demonstrate that more populated parts of Early Neolithic Britain were an increased pull factor affecting the longer-range distribution of these objects.

Type: Article
Title: British Neolithic Axehead Distributions and Their Implications
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s10816-019-09438-6
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1007/s10816-019-09438-6
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright information © The Author(s) 2019 Open Access This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, which permits use, sharing, adaptation, distribution and reproduction in any medium or format, as long as you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons licence, and indicate if changes were made. The images or other third party material in this article are included in the article's Creative Commons licence, unless indicated otherwise in a credit line to the material. If material is not included in the article's Creative Commons licence and your intended use is not permitted by statutory regulation or exceeds the permitted use, you will need to obtain permission directly from the copyright holder. To view a copy of this licence, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10088581
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