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Material principles and economic relations underlying Neolithic axe circulation in Western Europe

Author
Delgado-Raack, S.; Risch, R.; Martínez-Fernández, F.; Rosas-Casals, M.
Type of activity
Journal article
Journal
JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL METHOD AND THEORY
Date of publication
2019-10-09
First page
1
Last page
33
DOI
10.1007/s10816-019-09425-x
URL
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10816-019-09425-x Open in new window
Abstract
Neolithic societies produced and circulated axeheads made out of different rock types over substantial distances. These tools were indispensable to their economic reproduction, but they also demanded considerable manufacturing efforts. The material properties of the raw materials chosen to produce axeheads had a direct effect on the grinding and polishing processes, as well as on the use life of these tools. However, surprisingly little is known about the criteria followed by these societies whe...
Keywords
Material sciences, Mechanical properties, Neolithic exchange, Petrographic characterisation, Stone axes, Value theory
Group of research
SUMMLab - Sustainability Measurement and Modelin Lab

Participants

  • Delgado Raack, Selina  (author)
  • Risch, Roberto  (author)
  • Martínez Fernández, Francisco  (author)
  • Rosas Casals, Marti  (author)