Analytical and Experimental Approaches to Carving Technology during the Cypriot Middle Chalcolithic Period
Author(s): Elizabeth Cory-Lopez
In this paper I propose that Lemonnier’s concept of the Chaîne Opératoire, will be of great use in helping to understand technological systems that might have been used to carve the stone, picrolite, during the Middle Chalcolithic period of Cyprus (c. 3200–2700 BC) and thereby providing a new contextual tool in the greater understanding of the society of the time. To approach this I analysed the original artefacts, and att empted to reproduce the tool markings experimentally, to provide insights into the potential tool suites and techniques used in the carving process.
By using 2 low-level binocular microscopes, combined with a digital SLR camera and a digital imagiser I have studied the perforations made in fi ve picrolite pendants. Experiments were then conducted in an eff ort to reproduce these marks. The results suggest that we can begin to hypothesise about the perforating tools and techniques that could have been used in the construction of the original artefacts, and thus begin to understand the Chaîne Opératoire.
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Analytical and Experimental Approaches to Carving Technology during the Cypriot Middle Chalcolithic Period. Elizabeth Cory-Lopez, Roeland P Paardekooper, Penny Cunningham, Julia Heeb. In Experiencing Archaeology By Experiment. Pp. 21-36. Oxford: Oxbow Books. 2008 ( tDAR id: 422096)
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