Papers

The Quarry, January 2012

Posted by Steve Burrow on March 02, 2012
Papers / Comments Off on The Quarry, January 2012

Issue 7 of The Quarry (the e-newsletter of the Society of American Archaeology’s Prehistoric Quarries and Early Mines Interest Group) is now available. It features summaries of research at prehistoric quarries in Nevada and a description of a bifacial pick found in Wyoming.

Copies are available from here.

Project JADE pre-publication offer

Posted by Steve Burrow on January 23, 2012
Papers / Comments Off on Project JADE pre-publication offer

The circulation of Alpine jades in the Neolithic was an extraordinary phenomenon on a vast unsuspected scale, extending from Bulgaria’s Varna in the east to Britanny’s Morbihan in the west.

The source of this material and its distribution across Europe was the subject of the research project JADE (National Agency for Research, France), between 2006 and 2010.

The results are now published in “JADE. Grandes haches alpines du Néolithique européen, Ve au IVe millénaires av. J.-C.” coordinated by P. Pétrequin, S. Cassen, M. Errera, L. Klassen, A. Sheridan and A.-M. Pétrequin

The book will be available in April 2012 but a 20% discount is available for purchases before this date.

The order form (including table of contents) can be found here.

Summary of pitchstone research available online

Posted by Steve Burrow on June 10, 2011
Papers / Comments Off on Summary of pitchstone research available online

Torben Bjarke Ballin, Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Bradford and member of the IPG has published a paper in the Bulletin of the International Association of Obsidian Studies describing the results of his study of pitchstone. His project, begun in 2004, led to the production of a database of 5,542 pieces of archaeologically worked pitchstone derived from around 350 sites. A further 14,707 artefacts are noted on the database but were not examined in person.

Torben’s work has shown that pitchstone was in use from the Mesolithic to the Early Bronze Age on Arran, but there is no evidence for its use in mainland Scotland during the Mesolithic and little evidence for its use off Arran during the Bronze Age.

Torben’s paper can be found here.

Launch of Stone Axes Studies 3

Posted by Steve Burrow on June 07, 2011
Papers / Comments Off on Launch of Stone Axes Studies 3

The long-awaited launch of Stone Axe Studies III took place
with a wine reception held during the Hands Across the Water
Conference in Bournemouth on Saturday 07 May 2011. This important,
and highly successful, Conference was organized jointly by the
Prehistoric Society, the School of Applied Sciences of the Bournemouth
University, La Société Préhistorique Française and the Neolithic
Studies Group. It was a fitting occasion for the book launch; one of
the editors attended. Oxbow thanked both editors for their strong
cooperation and determination in bringing the handsome volume to
publication, and especially for the high quality of its design and
presentation.

From the beginning of the discipline, stone and flint axes have
occupied an important place in the archaeological imagination.
Building blocks in the foundation of ideas about prehistory, they have
been prominent in the literature ever since, definitive fossils of
particular periods and touchstones for arguments about the character
of human society over time.

Bringing together the results of research from around the world, this
volume makes it clear that our fascination with these artifacts is
nothing new. Whatever the cultural setting, the period or place, axes
have loomed large in the collective imagination. And they have done
so in ways that cut across the academic line we often draw between the
practical facts of use and the meaningful qualities of material
culture.

Many of the papers collected here take us from the birth of axes at
specific sources to their death in graves, hoards and other settings.
Others trace the afterlives of blades in more recent collections.
Documenting research in lab, field and archive, they demonstrate that
then, as now, the biographies of axes and people are hard to
disentangle.

Study of shaft-hole axes published

Posted by Steve Burrow on April 04, 2011
Papers / Comments Off on Study of shaft-hole axes published

Research in to the provenance of shaft-holes axes in the northern Adriatic published in current issue of Archaeometry.

The study aimed to characterise the axes using a range of mineralogical and chemical techniques in order to locate the primary outcrops of their raw materials and related areas of secondary exploitation.

Bernardini, F., De Min, A., Eichert, D., Alberti, A., Demarchi, G., Veluscek, A., Tuniz, C., and Montagnari Kokelj, E., (2011) Shaft-hole axes from Caput Adriae: mineraological and chemical constraints about the provenance of Serpentinitic artefacts. Archaeometry 53:2, 261-284.

The Quarry, July 2011

Posted by Steve Burrow on March 23, 2011
Papers / Comments Off on The Quarry, July 2011

The sixth edition of The Quarry, edited by Pete Topping, is now available. It contains reports on a field visit to a hornstone quarry at Krumlovský les in Moravia and the Halstatt salt mines. Abstracts of papers delivered at the September 2010 meeting of the UISPP in Vienna are also included, as well as short reports of on-going projects.

Copies can be downloaded from here.

The Quarry, May 2010

Posted by Steve Burrow on February 04, 2011
Papers / Comments Off on The Quarry, May 2010

The fifth edition of The Quarry, edited by Pete Topping, is now available. It’s a bumper edition containing articles on ongoing projects at a basalt quarry in Israel, a new exhibition at Grimes Graves, and a report on the 2nd International Conference of the UISPP.

Copies can be downloaded from here.

The Quarry, June 2009

Posted by Steve Burrow on September 01, 2009
Papers / Comments Off on The Quarry, June 2009

The fourth edition of The Quarry, edited by Pete Topping, is now out and contains some great articles on ongoing projects in Hawai’i and the Mount Carmel region of Israel.

Copies are available from here.